For health and care to be 'integrated', it must be person-centred and tailored to people's individual needs and preferences. This means moving away from episodic care to a more holistic approach which puts the needs and experience of people at the centre of how services are organised and delivered. Personal budgets are one of the most important vehicles for achieving integration. These are now being rolled out in health and a number of sites across England are working to integrate these with social care.
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