Introducing personal health budgets for continuing healthcare

In Control is about to undertake a significant programme of work to support the introduction of personal health budgets for continuing healthcare patients in the North West.

The work has been commissioned by the North West Strategic Health Authority to deliver a six month programme working with primary care trust clusters and local authorities in the North West. It is in response to the Government's announcement in October that people receiving continuing healthcare services should have the right to ask for a personal health budget by April 2014. This announcement is reflected in the recently published NHS Operating Framework that instructs NHS organisations to prepare for the roll out of personal health budgets in continuing healthcare.

The programme will run in alongside the North West Transition Alliance programme which is also being delivered by In Control in support of Think Local, Act Personal.

Starting from January, In Control's specialist health team will be running a series of workshops and specific project work with sites.

Vidhya Alakeson who will be involved in the programme, said: "This is an important piece of work that will inform the basis of the roll out for personal health budgets and will draw on the expertise that already exists in the region from areas that are currently involved in the Department of Health personal health budgets programme. Our aim is to help improve existing processes and encourage areas that have no experience working with personal health budgets to begin planning for roll out."

For further information on this programme, please email Julie Stansfield.

Last Updated : 10 January 2012. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.