31st March 2017

My Voice, My Choice initiative uses digital to deliver personalised online care and support planning in Stockton

An innovative personal planning tool from Idox’s Open Objects will be at the core of delivering the My Voice, My Choice programme in Stockton-on-Tees.

Focused on supporting citizens over 65 years old with long-term conditions, the initiative will put Stockton-on-Tees at the forefront of Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) – a new approach to joining up health, social care and other services for people with long-term health conditions.

The aim of IPC is to support people in attaining better health and social care outcomes and to improve the experience and quality of care. This is achieved through the delivery of personalised care and support planning, and a personal budget.

The solution from Open Objects will draw on information, advice and services from Stockton’s rich directory of universal and community resources, providing citizens with an accessible online platform to build a personalised care and support plan.

This level of digital transformation changes the traditional service-led approach, and ensures information is joined up to make it more accessible to citizens when making choices about their health and social care.

The planner can be used independently or as an effective conversation tool between health and social care professionals and citizens. Introducing a holistic approach to an individual’s health and wellbeing, it encourages personalised goal setting for achieving outcomes and empowers citizens to take control of their own support needs.

Gemma Clifford, Health and Wellbeing Officer at Catalyst Stockton explains: “Stockton’s IPC Programme, My Voice, My Choice, is aimed at individuals with long-term conditions and support needs that span both health and social care. The new personal planning tool from Open Objects will be key in empowering individuals and their carers to tailor their support and care in ways that are beneficial and meaningful to their lives.”

To find out more about Open Objects and its online tools for personalised care and support plans and personal budgets, visit www.openobjects.com/care/personal-budget-manager or call +44 1223 422200.

<<Notes to editors>>

  • Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) is a partnership programme between NHS England and the Local Government Association.
  • My Voice, My Choice is a joint initiative between the NHS, CCG, local authority, the Foundation Trust and Catalyst (voluntary sector) in Stockton-on-Tees.
  • In 2015, NHS England held a rigorous shortlisting and interview process to select a number of sites to be IPC “demonstrators” and lead the way in redesigning the model of care for people with complex needs in England. Stockton-on-Tees: My Voice, My Choice programme is one such demonstrator.
  • In May 2016, NHS England, stated that there were around 7,500 people with a Personal Health Budget. The goal is to have up to 100,000 people benefitting from the greater control they offer by 2020/21.