Pilot to manage health budget

A COMPANY which provides healthcare in Whitby has been asked to take part in a pilot scheme which will see local residents managing their own healthcare budgets.

Caremark (Redcar and Cleveland) is one of only six companies chosen by North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) to implement a number of Individual Service Fund (ISF) pilot services across the county.

For the first stage of the pilot scheme which lasts for 12 months, Caremark - which started providing home help type services in the town last year - will manage funds for the care of 20 local residents.

The move is part of the government’s drive towards Personalisation, which is about allowing people who require care and support to choose the services that best meets their needs and encourage them to remain in their own homes.

Caremark will effectively manage money on behalf of individuals and help them to buy a variety of services, such as equipment, community-based activities, home care and respite care.

Charles Folkes, Managing Director of Caremark (Redcar and Cleveland) said: “We are delighted to be one of only a few private providers chosen to pilot the ISF services in North Yorkshire.

“We only recently expanded our home care services into Whitby but the people we will be managing funds for may not be in need of our services; our role is to simply help them achieve their preferred outcomes without the requirement to manage large amounts of money directly or to employ staff.

“The ISFs can help ensure that people get a service that is truly individual and right for them. This is a new project for us but one we are very excited to be part of.”