Stockton patients to take part in new approach to control their own budgets

NHS Hartlepool and Stockton on Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in partnership with North Tees and Hartlepool Foundation Trust, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and Catalyst (represent the voluntary and community sector in Stockton-on-Tees) have been selected by the government to be an Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) pathfinder.

This means that patients who are over 65 with long term health conditions in Stockton on Tees will be offered the opportunity to have greater control over their own personal health and social care budgets.

For the first time there will be a blending of comprehensive health and social care funding for individuals, allowing them to direct how it is used.

The aim of IPC is to help people with complex needs and their carers have a better quality of life and achieve the outcomes that are important to them and their families. It encourages self-management and will enable support to be designed around individual needs and circumstances and prevent the crises in people’s lives that lead to unplanned hospital and institutional care.

The benefits are that patients will be given greater power and support to shape their own care and it will be easier for the NHS, local authorities and providers to work together and be flexible for the benefit of patients. The voluntary sector will be a key partner in designing effective approaches, supporting individuals and driving cultural change.

Steve Rose, Chief Executive of Catalyst Stockton said, “NHS England has thrown down a challenge as well as creating an exciting opportunity for the voluntary sector by inviting us to be an engaged partner in IPC from the outset. We relish the challenge and look forward to innovating new ways to give people the choices they ask for within the context of their homes and community.”

Dr Boleslaw Posmyk, Chair, Hartlepool and Stockton on Tees CCG said, “The IPC pathfinder is aimed at patients who have high levels of both health and social care needs where a more integrated and personalised approach would address acknowledged problems in their current care provision. We hope that it will help prevent people from becoming more unwell, and enable them to retain their independence.”

Councillor Jim Beall, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Services and Health, said: “This scheme will be of real benefit to people who are over 65 with long-term conditions in Stockton-on-Tees. For the first time they will be offered the opportunity to take greater control over their health and social care budgets to purchase care and support. This builds on the success of social care direct payments and personal health budgets, in that it brings these together to promote seamless care. As with direct payments, people will be able to purchase care and support to meet their needs directly, regardless of whether the NHS or social care is providing the funding.”


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