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Personalised care



Practical Commissioning’s Jargon Buster explains the meaning of the term ‘Personalised care’.

In Lord Darzi’s Next Stage Review, he summarised personalised care as ‘tailored to the needs and wants of each individual, especially the most vulnerable and those in greatest need, providing access to services at the time and place of their choice’.

Patients with long-term conditions will be given even greater control over their care and the Government is introducing personal budgets and care plans nationwide under the banner of patient choice, to ‘empower’ individual patients and enable them to ‘use their personal knowledge, time and energy in solving their own health problems’.

Its aim is that within two years, all 15 million people living with long-term conditions in the UK will be offered a personalised care plan. GPs are likely to take a key role.