Third sector organisations selected for NHS personal health budget programme

Twenty eight voluntary and community sector organisations have been selected to take part in an NHS England programme to help them 'gear up' for personal health budgets.

The organisations will all take part in a national development programme and have been awarded funding to help equip them with the knowledge and expertise to inform their local communities about personal health budgets. The groups will also help support eligible people to discuss the option of a personal health budget with their local clinical commissioning group (CCG).

The aim is that this will not just increase demand for personal health budgets but will ensure that they 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.

People eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare now have the 'right to ask' their 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 programme will help 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.

In Control has been commissioned by the NHS to manage the grant programme on its behalf and to work alongside Peoplehub.

Almost 200 applications were received following its publicity in February.

The successful applicants include:

  • Disability Action Islington
  • Greenwich Association of Disabled People
  • Real DPO Ltd
  • Stroke Care
  • Home Angela
  • West Lancs Peer Support
  • Trafford CIL
  • ILS York CVS
  • The Carers Resource
  • Knowsley Disability Concern
  • HALE
  • Active Independence
  • FLAG (For Local Advice and Guidance
  • City Health Care Partnership CIC
  • Neurological Alliance TVDNY
  • Mosaic (Leicestershire)
  • Langstone Society
  • Age UK Peterborough
  • EDCP
  • Autism West Midlands
  • Grapevine
  • Suffolk Family Carers
  • My Support Broker
  • Spectrum CIL CIC
  • Living Options (Devon)
  • The FED CIL

Each of the organisations demonstrated clearly how they were able to connect to people who might be eligible for a personal health budget and how they would be able to use the grant to better inform these people. When selecting organisations, consideration was also made to ensure a good geographical spread of organisations and a diverse mix of communities represented. Further information on the selection criteria can be found on this web page.

In addition to the above, a further three organisations have been selected to act as 'mentors' to others taking part in the programme, these organisations are:

  • Health Your Way
  • Compass Disability Services (Taunton)
  • Age UK Oxfordshire

We are currently in the process of liaising with each successful organisation and finalising the programme offer.

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Last Updated : 11 April 2014. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.