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Patients with long term conditions can hold health and social care budgets from 2015

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 11 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4578
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

From next year, patients in England will be able to hold combined health and social care personal budgets for the first time under a new scheme unveiled by the NHS England chief executive, Simon Stevens.

The Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) programme will devolve NHS and local government funding to patients, who will be able to direct how and where the money is spent. The programme—due to begin in April 2015—will enable patients to create an individual care plan with their doctor each year using funds contributed from NHS England, clinical commissioning groups, and local authorities.

Funds will initially be targeted at people with long term conditions, including frail elderly people at risk of care home admission, children with complex needs, people with learning disabilities, and …

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