NHS England launches a new programme to support CCGs with personal health budgetsPosted on: June 27, 2013
A key objective of NHS England (outlined in the Government’s Mandate to the NHS) is for the NHS to become dramatically better at involving people, ; empowering them to manage and make decisions about their own care and treatment.
People will be given the opportunity to get involved in their own personal care planning, becoming key to the decisions made about their care. In addition new Personal Health Budgets (personal health budgets) will give them the opportunity to manage funds and say how they are used.
After a highly successful pilot programme, from April 2014 people eligible for NHS continuing healthcare (including parents of children); across England will have the right to ask for a personal health budget. Others with long term health, physical or mental health conditions or disabilities may also benefit.
The latest national personal budgets survey found that early adopter sites are getting very good results.
CCGs will be responsible for delivering personal health budgets and support is available to them.
NHS England has put in place a delivery programme, led by a national delivery team, which aims to help all CCGs meet the April 2014 deadline. This builds on best practicse and other information developed during the pilot programme and learning from early adopter sites.
All CCGs (and other NHS organisations responsible for delivery of personal health budgets) are invited to take part in the programme. This includes:
support to carry out a local self-assessment using markers of progress
- the chance to take part in an accelerated development programme
taking part in the next national personal budgets survey
- access to the personal health budgets toolkit and FAQ
access to a learning network