Welsh Government’s Integrated Care Fund (ICF) Revenue, Capital and Dementia Guidance was effective from the 1st April 2019 which supports Welsh Governments’ Supporting a Healthier Wales: Our Plan for Health and Social Care. As outlined in the guidance the Integrated Care Fund aims to drive and enable integrated and collaborative working between social services, health, housing, the third and independent sectors. It is intended to help Regional Partnerships Boards develop and test new approaches and service delivery models that will support the underpinning principles of integration and prevention. Evaluation and learning lie at the core of ICF and it is essential that any ICF Programmes or projects are designed with this in mind.
Statutory Guidance identifies the following groups as priority areas of integration and all ICF Programmes must address them proportionately, in line with their regional population assessments and area plans:
- Older people with complete needs and long term conditions, including dementia;
- People with learning disabilities;
- Children with complex needs; and
- Carers, including young carers.