The Department of Health has announced the names of the people who will decide which councils are given a place on its heavily over-subscribed scheme to “pioneer” integrated health and social care.

The decisions will be made by a panel of 13 experts, including Jon Rouse, the department’s director-general for social care, and Jennifer Dixon, chief executive of the Nuffield Trust, who will be the panel’s chair.

There are also health and care professionals from the United States, Sweden and New Zealand on the panel.

About 10 councils will be chosen as the first phase of “pioneers” of integrated care, under a programme announced by the Liberal Democrat care services minister Norman Lamb earlier this year – but 111 councils have applied.

The successful authorities will receive Whitehall support to “break down the barriers” to joined-up care, although there has been no suggestion that they would receive any extra funding.

Mr Lamb said the number of applications had “far exceeded our expectations”.

The successful areas will be announced this autumn.

 

THE PANEL

  • Jennifer Dixon, Nuffield Trust (Chair)
  • Jon Glasby, Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham
  • Chris Ham, The King’s Fund
  • Göran Henriks, Jönköping County Council, Sweden
  • Sharon Levine, Kaiser Permanente, USA
  • Geraint Martin, Counties Manukau, New Zealand
  • Jenny Owen, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.
  • Catherine Pollard, Monitor
  • Don Redding, National Voices
  • Jon Rouse, Department of Health
  • Sally Warren, Public Health England
  • Andrew Webster, Local Government Association
  • John Young, NHS England