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Personal health budgets: the views of service users and carers

The NHS Confederation has published a new report on what mental health service users and carers think about personal health budgets.

The report completes a series of studies into what key groups think about personal health budgets.  It outlines the frustration that people feel with the level of involvement that mental health services currently offer but shows that their opinions of personal health budgets are mixed. There is scepticism over how this national policy can effectively change the current culture of provision on the ground.

With the evaluation of personal health budgets due to be published in October 2012, the report gives recommendations for how Government and local NHS organisations should proceed.

To download the publication visit the NHS Confederation website.

To listen to a Radio 4 broadcast on this report, visit the BBC website.

For more information on our pioneering work on personal health budgets visit our 'Staying in Control' webpages.  Examples of how personal health budgets have had a positive impact on people's lives can also be found on these pages.

To keep uo-to-date on this pioneering work and to connect with others involved, why not join our new 'Get Connected' network.

1 comment for “Personal health budgets: the views of service users and carers”

  1. Gravatar of KevinKevin
    posted 18 August 2011 at 11:47:27

    The Guardian pick up this as a news item this week also, comments and item can be found at http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/joepublic/2011/aug/15/direct-payments-care

    An independant analysis and London Councils current figures can be found at http://benefits.tcell.org.uk/forums/personnel-budgets-direct-payment-london-borough-foi-request

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