is unpredictable and uneven. For the NHS, care homes are a conundrum; they provide care that used to be supplied by the health service, but are often perceived as a poor alternative that generates avoidable demand on hospitals. So, what needs to be put in place to ensure more effective collaboration? In a recent study, researchers from seven UK universities tracked the care received by 232 care home service users over 12 months. A review of the evidence of what works, when and in what circumstances was carried out, and suggests that there are several key elements that contribute to effective cross-organisational working.
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