The NHS Mandate sets a clear objective for the NHS to become
dramatically better at involving people… "empowering them to manage
and make decisions about their own care and treatment." The Mandate
includes an objective that everyone "who could benefit will have
the option to hold their own personal health budget, as a way to
have even more control over their care".
As a first step there is a Government commitment that by April
2014, people eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare (including
parents of children) will have the right to ask for a personal
health budget, including a direct payment for healthcare. The NHS
will also be able to offer personal health budgets more widely.
NHS England has put in place a delivery programme which aims to
help the NHS to meet the April 2014 deadline. This builds on best
practice from the pilot programme and learning from early adopter
The programme includes:
- Support to carry out a local self-assessment using markers of
- The chance to take part in an accelerated development
programme, focused on personal health in NHS Continuing
- Access to a learning network - an online community for people
implementing personal health budgets
- A regular national survey to check how well personal health
budgets are working
For more information about the programme and details on how to
apply to join, please visit the NHS personal health budget's website.
The In Control health programme further builds on and enhances
the support offered through the DH and NHS for those sites wanting
to really drive forward implementation. Find out more about our
health programme here.