Barnsley named as one of first places in country to get new care scheme

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Barnsley is one of eight places in the country where projects will take place to blend health and social care funding for individuals, allowing them to take control of how it is used, it has been announced.

The first wave of the Integrated Personal Commissioning programme will go live on April 1, providing 10,000 people with complex needs with greater power to decide how their own health and social care budget is spent.

Four groups of high need individuals - older people with long term conditions, children with disabilities and their families, people with learning disabilities, and people living with serious mental illness - will be able to take control of their budget to an agreed care plan.

As part of the programme, local voluntary organisations will help patients with personal care planning and advocacy.