NHS England and local councils have announced the first demonstrator sites in the country that will merge or combine health and social care funding for individuals who are easily or most likely be afflicted with illnesses and/or disorders and allow them to decide on how it is going to be used.
The first wave of the Integrated Personal Commissioning program is set to go live on April 1st of the current year, providing around 10,000 people with complex or complicated needs giving them the liberty and control on how their own combined health and social care cash pile is spent.
Four groups of high-need patients – the elderly with long-term conditions, children with disabilities and their families, people with learning disabilities, and those living with serious mental illness – shall decide on how their budget is spent to deliver an agreed care plan, in a radical or fundamental shift of power that NHS England says will transform the care of some of the most vulnerable people in the country.
Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, says, ” the overriding aim, is to stop or to put an end to the so-called “fragmented like-it-or-lump-it health and social care”, giving families “the chance to make a reality of person-level health and social care integration, as the NHS is set and moves beyond just asking ‘what’s the matter with you? To ‘what matters to you?’.”
The chosen eight demonstrators sites include Portsmouth, which will support older people with multiple long-term conditions who are most at risk of avoidable hospital admissions with more joined-up personalized care, and Luton, which, through the development of the IPC model, will enable more choices for dementia patients about their care with the goal of being able to stay independent for a longer period of time.
That is great program, if you ask me!