Heleen Buijze and Kees Reedijk of the Health and Youth Care Inspectorate in the Netherlands and Janet Ortega of the Care Quality Commission, England
Aim: The aim of regulating and inspecting integrated care is relatively new. Currently, only a few regulators/inspectorates are known to have ‘hands-on’ experience in regulating or inspecting integrated care. Therefore, our first task is to set up the SIG and create a basis for collaboration.
Prospective members would be professionals working in or representing organisations that operate as regulators, inspectors, auditors or quality assessors in the health and social domain with an interest in regulating/inspecting integrated care.
Establish the level of interest in a SIG and recruit and connect regulators/inspectorates that are interested in inspecting and regulating integrated care and form a core group
Provide a platform to share frameworks, experiences, good practice and approaches for regulating/inspecting integrated care
Identify the resources necessary for the first two years, and their source, in order to establish the SIG
Recruit members for the SIG:
Announce the ‘birth’ of the SIG on various websites and at conferences
Hold a webinar with an introduction on regulating and inspecting integrated care
Offer online peer contact and support for potential members
Connect members of the SIG:
Organise a face-to-face working group meeting for members of the SIG
Form a core group and address organisational and logistical issues
Provide a platform to:
Stimulate online exchange of reports, experiences, good practice and approaches for regulating/inspecting integrated care
Background: Integrated health and social care is at present part of the health and social care delivery model in many countries, and developing in others. Therefore, health and social care inspectorates/regulators are facing a major challenge; not only should they look at the quality of individual health and social care services, but also at how these services work together to meet the needs of people using these services. Doing so, regulators and inspectorates can play a significant role in supporting the aim of adopting integrated care policy and practice, and of encouraging improvement in this area.
The scope of this new Special Interest Group (SIG) is on regulating/inspecting the integrated provision of health and social care. The purpose of the SIG is to enable shared learning on the approach to regulating and inspecting the quality of integrated care.
Future: Once a solid basis for the SIG has been established, the SIG members will shape the scope of SIG activities and deliver outputs in the second year. These may include:
• A position paper on regulating/inspecting integrated care
• Ddefine and specify the building blocks for regulating/inspecting integrated care
• Define common research questions on regulating/inspecting integrated care
• Establish a constructive relationship with scientists and stimulate research in this field
An evaluation of the outcome and impact of the SIG will take place in the third year.