What happened to continuity of care?


A recent LGO investigation has highlighted a common failing for Jointly Funded arrangements.

In this case CHC was granted in 2011 and withdrawn in 2017. An appeal and IPR agreed that the decision to withdraw CHC was wrong and that the needs “exceeded what a Local Authority can lawfully provide" but in the meantime a jointly funded package of care was put into place.

The claimant argued that the care plan prepared by the Council during the period of joint funding was inadequate and wants reimbursement for her own costs for administration, fuel, washing and other day to day expenditure linked to her caring role,which would not be remedied by the CHC decision.

For integration to work, this kind of case needs to be a thing of the past and while the assessment criteria and funding comes from different agencies how can that happen?


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