Developing an Integrated Model of Care for Veterans with Alcohol Problems

Alison Osborne*, Gill McGill, Jane Greaves, Matt Kiernan

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Abstract

Introduction: Veterans often do not present with alcohol problems in isolation, they may have a wide range of social, physical, and sociological needs. The aim of this study was to facilitate the development of a co-designed integrated model of care for veterans with alcohol problems.

Methods: Following the development model by the Agency for Clinical Innovation, a planning symposium was held in North East of England to engage health and social care planners, public health leads, clinical commissioning groups and providers. Service users were empowered in discussions to provide insights and look for solutions (N=43).

Results: Using diagramming techniques, three examples of health and social care provision were created demonstrating the current commissioning landscape, one veteran’s experience of accessing services and a proposal for a new integrated model of care for veterans with alcohol problems.

Discussion: By engaging stakeholders and service users, the model proposed a potential solution to reducing the number of veterans ‘falling through the gaps’ or disengaging from services. The collaborative approach highlighted the difficulties in navigating the current complex health and social care systems. The co-designed hub and spoke model aims to enable alcohol misuse services to adapt and evolve so that they better fit the needs of veterans.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Integrated Care
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 11 Oct 2021

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