Personal health budgets community launched

A new network has been established on NHS Choices aimed at creating a virtual space where people can share experiences, find information, ask questions and raise issues in relation to personal health budgets.

There are already lots of topics posted on subjects including personal health budgets finance, care packages, transition, state benefits, continuing care and independent user trusts.

The forum is open to everyone and can be accessed at

This community is just one aspect of a host of partnership work that In Control is carrying out with the Department of Health to support their personal health budget pilot programme.  We are also co-leading the 'Care and Support Planning Process' workstream, which involves several primary care trusts (PCTs) participating in developmental work that explores the critical factors that contribute to an effective care planning process and how that can be implemented successfully, staying true to the purpose.  Furthermore, work is also underway to consider how integrated outcome measures might be incorporated into both outcome setting and review and become part of the feedback loop for individuals, strategic commissioners, local communities and chief executives.

Work in partnership with the Eastern Region Strategic Health Authority is also progressing well and more than a hundred people have agreed to come together to explore how the drive towards personalisation in health can be sustained through the transition to clinical commissioning groups and beyond.

More information about our health programme, Staying In Control can be found on these pages.

Further detail on the Department of Health's personal health budget pilot programme can be found here

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Last Updated : 12 September 2011. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.