Implementing Care Aims in an integrated team

waterworth, caroline, Willcocks, Stephen George orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-1764-5951, Roddam, Hazel orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-0637-1801 and Selfe, James (2015) Implementing Care Aims in an integrated team. British Journal of Health Care Management, 21 (1). pp. 36-45. ISSN 1358-0574

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Care Aims is increasingly being used as a model of care within NHS services, particularly by allied health professionals. This article reports the findings of a pilot study exploring the impact of implementing Care Aims in an integrated community health team. It describes the main findings, and discusses the factors that appeared to impact on the implementation and use of the Care Aims approach in these teams. The model has been traditionally used in uni-professional teams rather than integrated teams. This case study suggests Care Aims has potential to support integrated team working. In this study, clinicians perceived Care Aims was a model that could improve care for patients, support professionals working together and support self-management. However, it is unclear whether it was Care Aims itself or the training and discussion that took place that enabled this team to develop and agree more consistent working practices. Similar to previous studies, this study has shown how team and professional culture can influence how team members work together and provide care in an integrated way. Team and professional cultures are also shown to influence how team members approach and embrace that change. As such, Care Aims may be more challenging to some staff groups to implement.

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