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Plans for a new Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) Program

Posted on:    July 21, 2014

NHS England Chief offers local government leaders radical new health and social care integration option

High-need individuals to be offered ability to control their own blended NHS and community care, in partnership with voluntary sector.

The NHS will offer local councils across England a radical new option in which individuals could control their combined health and social care support, Simon Stevens CEO of NHS England will announce today.

Speaking at the annual conference of the Local Government Association in Bournemouth, Stevens will set out plans for a new Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) programme, which  will for the first time blend comprehensive health and social care funding for individuals, and allow them to direct how it is used.

Four groups of high-need individuals are likely to be included in the first wave from next April 2015, although councils, voluntary organisations, and NHS clinical commissioning groups may also propose others. These are:

  • people with long term conditions, including frail elderly people at risk of care home admission
  • children with complex needs
  • people with learning disabilities, and
  • people with severe and enduring mental health problems.

At the same time, voluntary/Third Sector organisations will be commissioned locally to support personal care planning, advocacy and service ‘brokerage’ for these individuals enrolled in the IPC programme.

 This new approach builds upon, but is in addition to, the constructive joint work now under way locally on the groundbreaking Better Care Fund.


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