Four CCGs and children’s service partners selected for NHSE and In Control programme

In Control is pleased to announce that four clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and their local authority partners have now been selected to take part in an in-depth support programme to implement personal health budgets for children with continuing healthcare needs.

The programme has been commissioned by NHS England (NHSE) and will take place over the next six months. It has been designed to provide the support needed by CCGs and children's services to introduce personal health budgets ahead of legislation coming into force in April 2014. The legislation will mean that from this date everyone with continuing healthcare needs will have the right to ask for a personal health budget. From October 2014, this legislation will be further strengthened enabling people the 'right to have' a personal health budget.

CCGs and local authorities across England were invited to apply to the programme in December 2013. After an agreed selection process we can now confirm that four sites have now been chosen to receive support as part of the first phase of the programme. These sites are:

  • East Sussex
  • Dorset
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Trafford

The above are all either an SEND Pathfinder site or NHS 'Going Further Faster' site.  Through the selection process NHSE and In Control looked for the sites that demonstrated strong commissioning arrangements, leadership support and a good number of personal health budgets for continuing healthcare already in place. Furthermore criteria also included strong evidence of co-production and clear thinking about next steps and the support needed to achieve these.

A key outcome from this programme will include an increase in the number of personal health budgets for children in these sites together with the development of appropriate strategies including commissioning. Learning from these sites will be shared on a national level through a series of events, webinars and publications.

In addition to this programme, In Control is also working in partnership with the Council for Disabled Children (CDC) on the implications of the Children and Families Bill and associated NHS Mandate commitments. This will include a series of events designed to provide an introduction to the reforms affecting children with special educational needs and/or a disability. You can find out more about this work and the forthcoming regional events here.

We will continue to share regular updates as the project develops over the next six months.

To find out more, or if you have any questions regarding the project, please contact Nic Crosby via

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Last Updated : 13 January 2014. Page Author: marijke.hirst.