Sheffield CCG and local authorities to use integrated health and social care budget

Sheffield’s clinical commissioning group and city council have unveiled plans to pool £237 million more than required by national Better Care Fund rules in 2015-16, with the “ultimate aim” of establishing an integrated budget for health and social care. The total pooled budget will amount to £278 million, £187 million coming from the CCG and £91 million from the council, despite the rules requiring only £41 million to be pooled in total.

Health Service Journal

Elias from PSI: Should this integrated model prove to be a success in the Labour-controlled council, it may be encouraged across the country – especially should Labour win the next General Election, as Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has been promoting similar plans for NHS reform.