NHS England has launched a programme for the voluntary and
community sector to help them 'gear up' for personal health budgets
so they have the knowledge, capacity and expertise to inform their
local communities about personal health budgets.
From April 2014, people eligible for NHS continuing healthcare
will have the 'right to ask' their clinical commissioning group
(CCG) for a personal health budget and from October 2014, they will
have the 'right to have' one. However most people don't know what a
personal health budget is, let alone that they will soon be
entitled to have one.
We know from recent evaluation of personal health budgets that
they can help give people a better quality of life, better health
outcomes and help keep them out of hospital. This is why we want to
ensure that as many people as possible are aware of personal health
budgets, know how to get one, and importantly know what they can
expect from the NHS.
To help do this, NHS England has launched this programme for the
voluntary and community sector. The aim is that this will not just
increase demand for personal health budgets but will ensure that
personal health budgets are delivered well, as people will be
better informed about how their budget should work for them and
what service they should expect from the NHS.
This programme involves the organisations receiving a small grant
so they have capacity to undertake work in this area; taking part
in a development programme to learning and share with others; and
being part of a national network of organisations.
In Control has been commissioned by NHS England to manage the
small grant programme on its behalf and work with People Hub. In
Control will also be undertaking a linked piece of work providing a
range of information material on personal health budgets that can
be utilised by voluntary and community sector organisations which
will form part of the wider development programme and network.
How much funding is available?
We will be looking to fund around 30 organisations with
approximately £10,000 available to each.
What type of organisations should apply?
We are looking for those local, regional and national voluntary
and community sector organisations that can connect to people who
might be eligible for a personal health budget, in particular those
that have established networks and are organisations that people
would naturally turn to for help and information on matters such as
this. We are also looking for organisations that already have a
good understanding of personal budgets and have already undertaken
some work helping to provide information and advice.
As the level of grant being allocated to each organisation is
fairly small, we expect that this will be most beneficial to small
organisations and community groups. You need to be registered as a
charity or community interest company, or have a statutory sector
organisation partner who will hold the funding for you.
What can the funding be used for?
We want to equip voluntary and community sector organisations
with more knowledge around personal health budgets so that they can
be ready to tell people about them as more people become
The aim of the grant is that it will help give organisations a
small amount of resource to provide some individual advice and
support to eligible individuals and families who want a personal
health budget. This might be to help get people access to a
personal health budget, including advocacy and mediation support
for people who encounter some resistance when attempting to get
one. The support you provide will help people get a good sense of
what should be expected from the NHS in line with policy and
national best practice. It won't necessarily take people through
the full process of getting a budget such as help to plan support
or to manage a budget - this support should be provided or funded
This grant programme is part of a wider programme looking at
supporting the third sector and CCGs in the delivery of personal
health budgets. Successful applicants to this programme will also
be expected to attend an NHS England led development programme
which will provide information on personal budgets and NHS
Continuing Healthcare as well as enabling people to establish wider
connections and networks across the country. It is envisaged that
this will involve six full days. The sessions will be free to
attend but you should factor in your time and travel expenses into
your application and information on how you intend to use your
How will organisations be selected?
We are inviting organisations to complete a short application
form downloadable below which will enable us to determine which
organisations would be able to utilise the funding in the best way
and that there is a good mix of organisations from across England,
serving a representative mix of people.
A selection committee comprising of representatives from NHS
England, In Control and People Hub will review the applications.
They will be looking for:
- Evidence that you are an organisation that people eligible for
continuing healthcare naturally turn to for help and
- A good understanding of self-directed support, personalisation
in health and social care, including its history and values
- Evidence on what your organisation has done so far to help
people get social care or personal health budgets and how well your
organisation can work constructively with the NHS and social
- Good ideas and firm plans about how your organisation could
support people who might benefit from a personal health budget to
access information about them.
- Good ideas about how you might reach those 'seldom seen or
heard' people and those at risk of exclusion.
- Information on how you would monitor access to information and
uptake of personal health budgets, the impact this has on people's
lives and how you would report this back so learning can be shared
- Organisations with a good ability to connect with people who
would benefit from a personal health budget but are least likely to
Process for applications
If you have any questions about this grant you will need to
submit these by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 noon
on the 14th March
Organisations will need to complete the application form below and
send this electronically to email@example.com with the
subject title: NHS Grant: Gearing up for Personal Health Budgets no
later than 12 noon on 28th March 2014. Word documents will be
accepted but we advise you to submit your application as a PDF
document to avoid any formatting issues.
We will notify successful applicants by the 7th April 2014.
We anticipate that there will be a lot of interest in this grant
programme and we will not be able to fund all applications. We hope
that NHS England will be able to run similar programmes in the next
financial year but this is not yet confirmed. In addition we would
be very interested in supporting and building relationships with
organisations who are interested in this area but are not
successful on this occasion.
For more information about personal health budgets please