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Connected Care system proposed

9th December 2005

Proposals for a new Connected Care system have been published, aimed at reducing the number of excluded or isolated community groups.

Released by Turning Point, known for its work in providing vital services for those with mental problems and disabilities, the proposals call for a community based approach to health and social care.

According to Turning Point, a worrying number of vulnerable people, including the elderly and the disabled are "left behind" by the current system.

"Today many people who need to access health and social care services find themselves excluded, " explained Lord Victor Adebowale, chief executive of the social care group.

"Connected Care will put the needs of individuals and the community at the heart of health and social care. We propose a simple, coordinated approach to the delivering of services in a joined up way."

The plans have been published in anticipation of the government's Healthcare Outside Hospital White Paper and also respond to the Green Paper on social care.