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Over 10,000 patients to get combined personal health and social care budget

More than 10,000 patients are set to be given a personal budget that covers both their health and social care needs from April, NHS and local government chiefs have announced.

The first wave of the combined budget scheme will see eight areas of England offer ‘high-need’ patients – including elderly people with long-term conditions, children with disabilities and their families and people with serious mental illnesses – the combined personal budget.

NHS England said the scheme – the Integrated Personal Commissioning programme – will give people with such complex care needs more control over how their individual budget is spent.

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said: ‘Our aim in this radical initiative is to end fragmented like-it-or-lump-it health and social care, by giving high-need individuals the power for the first time to decide on the blend of support they themselves want.

‘Integrated Personal Commissioning gives families the chance to make a reality of person-level health and social care integration, as the NHS moves beyond just asking “what’s the matter with you?” to “what matters to you?”.’

The eight sites chosen for the first wave are Barnsley, Cheshire West and Cheshire, Luton, Stockton on Tees, Tower Hamlets, Hampshire, Portsmouth and South West Consortium.

Patients with long-term conditions have already been given the right to a personal budget for their health care since last year, despite concerns during pilots of the scheme that people spent their money on non-evidence based therapies and items such as theatre tickets and frozen meals.

Some commissioners remain sceptical about their value, while social care experts have warned personal budgets tend to skew care towards more ‘pushy’ individuals and have led to spiralling costs

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Readers' comments (7)

  • What happens when they run out of money?

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  • This assumes a level of financial competency beyond that which many finacial and health experts have......if people are so good with money, how come there are so many pay day loan companies..?

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  • And do they have to give their practice the average 136 quid for the year or is the cost of using primary care taken out of the system?

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  • I had hoped that this idea had died a death due to austerity. But I see that healthcare spending will indeed go on to fund laptops, frozen meals, and theatre tickets.

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  • recipe for expensive absolutely wasteful absurdly bureaucratic chaos.why is it being piloted??
    almost criminal to introduce such mindless dogma in an nhs struggling to provide the basics.
    i wish simple simon would doubt he will have fun with this pet scheme of his to try to boost his CV with united health when he returns after destroying the nhs.

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  • This is a method to identify and section off the high cost, low profit patients so that it is even easier for United Health to cherry pick and make colossal profits when huge chunks of the NHS are sold off to it.

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  • Vinci Ho

    Is this really everybody's cup of tea????

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