Patients get more say on how cash is spent

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PORTSMOUTH and Hampshire are two of only eight authorities that will be the first to give patients a direct say on how money for their healthcare should be spent.

NHS England and the Local Government Association is today launching its first wave of the Integrated Personalised Commissioning programme, which be rolled out in full next month.

It will give around 10,000 people with complex needs greater power to decide how their combined health and social care budget is spent.

Four groups of ‘high-need individuals’ – older people with long-term conditions, disabled children, people with learning disabilities, and those with serious mental illness – will be given control of their budget according to a care plan agreed with their care team.

As part of the programme voluntary organisations will help patients with personal care planning.

In Hampshire, partners will work with children and young people aged 14 to 25 with complex needs such as learning disability, mental health problems and physical conditions.

And they will also help adults with a learning disability, including those in, or at risk of entering, an institutional setting.

Portsmouth will be focusing on supporting older people with multiple long-term conditions who are most at risk of avoidable hospital admissions.