Norman Lamb, the Minister of State, Department of
Health has announced that from October 2014, people will
have the right to have a personal health budget.
Speaking to the Treasury, Norman Lamb
"In October 2011, the Government announced that
people receiving NHS continuing health care (NHS CHC) would have
the "right to ask" for a personal health budget (PHB), including a
direct payment, subject to the results of the PHB pilot programme.
This commitment was confirmed in November 2012, following the
publication of the independent evaluation of the pilot
"This "right to ask" for a PHB will be enshrined in
secondary legislation and will take effect in April 2014. These
amendments make it clear that clinical commissioning groups will
need to develop the capacity and capability to deliver PHBs, as it
imposes an obligation to give serious consideration to requests for
PHBs. The "right to ask" for a PHB is not the same though as an
automatic entitlement to a PHB. There will be some people for whom
a PHB is not appropriate because, for example, their existing
package of care is the best way of managing their needs.
"I am today announcing to the House that the position is to
be strengthened for those groups who gain the "right to ask" for a
PHB in April 2014, as from October 2014 this group will further be
given the "right to have" a PHB. A "right to have" will guarantee
that people in receipt of NHS CHC and those transitioning in from
social care or children's services will have continuity of care in
the services they receive. Those already on NHS CHC will be able to
continue to access the services they are familiar with as they will
be in control of how their budget is spent and have the confidence
to exercise choice. Similarly, those who are new to NHS CHC, those
who transition in from social care budgets or those who transition
from children's services will be able to continue to access the
services they are accustomed to without the fear that this power to
choose will be taken away from them when they move to a new package
of care. There will continue to be people for whom PHBs are not
appropriate but by giving a "right to have" we will ensure that
they will only be declined on clinical or financial grounds which
are deemed to make a PHB unviable. I believe that this policy will
ensure stability and continuity for those who need it most and go
further towards our goal of providing greater personalisation
within our NHS."
In Control pioneered the concept of personal budgets and
self-directed support and we are at the forefront of their
development in social care and other sectors, including the NHS.
Our specialist skills and knowledge can help your organisation to
meet government requirements, and to balance limited resources and
funding with the need to give individuals and families more choice
and control. We are the main strategic partner to NHS England and a
member of the advisory board for the development of personal health
budgets. This puts us in a strong position to provide you with the
support you need based on your stage of development.
Our health programme further builds on and enhances the national
support offered through NHS England and is for those sites wanting
to drive implementation further forward. We offer practical support
on a local level.
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