Following the announcement that the Department would launch a pilot programme to test and evaluate clinically-led models of integrated care, and an initial event to engage with the national health service and social care organisations, the Department published a prospectus setting out the scope of the programme and process for selection, and inviting applications, in October 2008. Over 100 applications were received by the deadline of November 2008.
These initial applications were shortlisted down to 37 sites to go forward to the final stage of the selection process during December 2008. This stage will involve further analysis of written information from sites, as well as a series of site visits.
The aim is for the final pilot sites to be selected by the end of March 2009.
The pilot programme will run for two years, with the evaluation taking place over three years.