Work to introduce personal health budgets ahead of legislation
coming in April 2014 enabling people with continuing healthcare the
"right to ask" for a personal health budget is gathering pace. And
from October 2014, this legislation will be extended to give people
the "right to have" a personal health budget.
Despite the increase in impetus, there is still much work to be
done to make sure that personal health budgets are available by the
deadline according to a recent report from NHS England.
The national progress report update shows that 180 clinical
commissioning groups (CCGs) have joined the NHS England support
programme which aims to help them meet these deadlines. Some CCGs
report being in a good position to have personal health budgets in
place and a small number of CCGs already have more than 50 personal
health budgets. However others are at a very early stage and may
struggle to achieve the deadline. In most areas, few or no people
are being offered a personal health budget.
A copy of the report can be downloaded below.
In Control support to sites
As part of its health programme and role as a strategic partner
to NHS England, In Control is working closely with a number of CCGs
to further build on and enhance the national support offered
through NHS England and to offer practical support on a local
level. This work has included modular training, collaborative
workshops, pathway development and acting as 'critical
Commenting on the work with In Control, Trudy Reynolds, Project
Manager for Personal Health Budgets at Oxford Health NHS Foundation
Trust said: "In Control is supporting us to deliver our pathway for
children with significant health needs and to create integrated
budgets incorporating health, social care and education. This is an
innovative piece of work and one that's very challenging so we're
pleased to have the expertise and knowledge from the health team at
In Control and for them to gently guide us through the process.
There's a wealth of very good support available at a national level
from NHS England but you can't underestimate the value of having
someone there, on the ground to assist on a local and practical
level. We're looking forward to seeing the outcomes of our work and
hopefully sharing some good practice with other members of the
Keeping people central to decisions about their
As part of our bid to ensure that individuals are families are
at the centre of personal health budget developments, we ran a
'Partners in Health' course in Hull bringing people and family
carers together with professionals and frontline staff to work
together to effect positive change in their local area.
You can find out more about In Control's work on our health
Continuing healthcare for children and young
NHS England has funded In Control to carry out an in-depth
programme of work to offer support to CCGs and their local
authority partners to help them develop an offer of personal health
budgets for children in order to meet the April 2014 deadline.
You can find out more information about this programme of work
Checking the results of personal health
Fifteen CCGs have now signed up to use In Control's personal
outcomes evaluation tool (POET) to check the impact that personal
health budgets are having on people's lives. This is a critical
part of the process and enables CCGs to check out what's working
and not working in the process and plan for improvements in
collaboration with local stakeholders.
Find out how your CCG can
Want to know more?
Then take part in one of our upcoming webinars. On the
15th January, leading health consultant Vidhya Alakeson
will be joining us to outline the '10 features of an effective
process' when introducing personal health budgets. On the
17th January we will then be joined by colleagues at
Wigan CCG who will outline their work to introduce personal health
budgets for children with continuing healthcare needs.
Find out more about these webinars and how to register for a
place in our news article
Get in touch
If you would like to know more about how work to introduce
personal health budgets for adults and children is progressing,
then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org