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Nearly half of CCGs to implement IPC model, reveals NHS England

Nearly half of CCGs to implement IPC model, reveals NHS England

Nearly half of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England will be engaged in implementing the Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) model, NHS England has said.
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Nearly half of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England will be engaged in implementing the Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) model, NHS England has said.

Speaking at the Westminster Health Forum yesterday (21 March), NHS England’s director of personalised care James Sanderson said that the IPC model will be rolled out to 96 CCGs from 1 April, ‘as a universal model for personalised care’.

At the moment, IPC is being tested in 42 CCG areas.

‘Universal model’

Mr Sanderson continued: ‘Within IPC, we’re trying to shift the way in which services are commissioned so we can bring this model to people in a way that suits their individual needs rather than a one-size-fits-all approach to commissioning.’

NHS is currently working with four Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) – South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw, Dorset, Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes and Greater Nottingham  – to extend the model.

‘We’re also working across Greater Manchester in their health and social care partnership’, he added.

‘Different approach’

Mr Sanderson said that the system needs a ‘bit of a different approach’, as we are now living longer than before but with more complex conditions and multiple morbidities.

He added: ‘Personalised care is now a big priority for the NHS.

‘We’re trying to display how social prescribing fits in to a model of various tools and enablers that can support people to better manage their care and shift the focus from a passive recipient of services to an active participant in their care.

‘IPC brings a systematic approach to health and social care, which enables people to be at the heart of care and support they need.

A preliminary NHS analysis showed that an approached personalised care produces direct savings of between 10 and 15% for the system.

Joining health and social care

Mr Sanderson’s comments come after Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt said in Westminster on 20 March that the system needs to move towards ‘the full integration of health and social care centred around the person’.

He said: ‘The current health and social care system can be confusing and fragmented for people who have complex needs.

‘[…] Users of the social care system should have just one plan covering all their health and social care needs based on a joint assessment by both systems’.

He also argued that individuals and families want to be able to direct the care they receive and ‘the greater control people have over their care, the better their outcomes and the lower the cost’.

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