Changes to health policy under review

People Working and Feedback Concept

People living in Blackpool have been invited to share their views on a change to a local health policy on care packages for people with complex healthcare needs.

NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group, the organisation that pays for health services in the town is reviewing its policy around how it grants funding for people eligible for personalised care packages known as ‘continuing healthcare.’

The current policy grants funding for care packages to allow the patient to stay in their own home as long as the cost is not more than 25 per cent above the cost of a care home placement. The new policy reduces that threshold to 10 per cent.

Dr Adam Janjua, a local GP and lead clinician for the Fylde Coast CCGs, said: “We always aim to allow the patient to stay in their home as long as it is safe. So we will pay for care at home even if it can be provided cheaper in an alternative care setting such as a nursing home. However we have to have a cap on how much more we are readily willing to pay.”

“The change isn’t as drastic as it first appears though and doesn’t mean patients will miss out on the funding to stay at home. If the patient wants to stay at home but it would cost more than the 10 per cent threshold, an individual funding request can be made. This puts the request in front of a panel that reviews each case and decides whether the funding should be granted. This process will stay in place.

“In most cases, when a panel reviews a funding request on an individual basis, the funding can still be given despite the threshold but we are assured that the money is being spent in a fair way and gives the best possible care that meets the clinical needs of the patient.”

To view the draft policy and to complete a short survey, click here.

An information and discussion session is also being offered at the Blackpool Centre for Independent Living on Whitegate Drive, Blackpool FY3 9JL on Wednesday 19 February from 2pm until 4pm.