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Birmingham and Solihull announced as early adopter for Integrated Personal Commissioning

Published: 21/12/2016

An NHS England scheme to transform care for millions of people is being rolled out to six new areas across England, including Birmingham and Solihull.

The Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) programme is aimed at joining up health, social care and other services, including the voluntary and charity sectors, to help people, carers and families have more control over their care needs.

Joining the sites that have led the development of IPC over 2015/16 (Demonstrators), and supported by the IPC Emerging Framework (published May 2016), a number of “Early Adopters” for IPC became part of the programme in December 2016. Each Early Adopter consists of local partnerships across health, social care and the voluntary sector. The recruitment of Early Adopters represents the first stage of national roll-out.

In Birmingham and Solihull IPC will benefit both local people as well as supporting the area to achieve local organisational priorities, including the increased uptake of direct payments in social care, the expansion of the offer of personal health budgets and the personalisation of maternity care, for which Birmingham and Solihull is a Choice and Personalisation Pioneer.

Local people will be active participants in the development and testing of the IPC approach, which will include being part of the IPC Board and working groups.

The scope for IPC will initially focus on the populations of Birmingham City (1.1million) and Solihull (207,000). Based on the total of 1.3 million people there are potentially:

•    63,000 people who could benefit from the IPC approach (5% of the population)
•    13,000 people (1%) who could benefit from a personalised care plan (1% of the population)
•    Between 2,600 and 5,300 people who could benefit from a personal health budget (between 0.2% and 0.4% of the population)
•    A smaller group, yet to be defined, who could benefit from an integrated personal budget.

Initially the focus of IPC will be people who have mental health problems and people with a learning disability.

The key benefits of IPC for these people will be:

•    People achieving the outcomes most important to them
•    Improved choice and control
•    Positive impact on care related quality of life
•    Increased use of community capacity
•    Integrated care at the level of the individual
•    Improvement in psychological wellbeing

Partnering to deliver IPC in Birmingham and Solihull are:
•    Birmingham City Council
•    Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
•    NHS Birmingham CrossCity CCG
•    NHS Birmingham South Central CCG
•    NHS Solihull CCG
•    Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation NHS Trust
•    MERIT Vanguard (New Model of Care)

For mental health, the work will be integrated into the work of the West Midlands Mental Health Commission, with the learning shared across the four mental health trusts that form the Mental Health Alliance for Excellence, Resilience, Innovation and Training (MERIT) Vanguard.

Click here for more information about the IPC programme on the NHS England website.

Click here to read a blog about IPC from John Short, Chief Executive of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust