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NHS programme - Making progress with personal health budgets

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 sites.

The programme includes:

  • Support to carry out a local self-assessment using markers of progress
  • The chance to take part in an accelerated development programme, focused on personal health in NHS Continuing Healthcare
  • 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.

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Last Updated : 11 July 2013. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.