NHS operating framework 2012/13 published
The new NHS operating framework setting out the business and planning arrangements for the NHS in England for the next year has been published, and includes personal health budgets.
The operating framework for the NHS in England 2012/13 describes the national priorities, system levers and enablers needed for NHS organisations to maintain and improve the quality of services provided, while delivering transformational change and maintaining financial stability.
It sets out the practical steps that need to be taken to carry the NHS through a strong and stable transition over the next year, maintaining high quality standards and financial grip, as the NHS moves towards the new modernised system envisaged in "Liberating the NHS".
Under section 3 "Reform" (Empowering patients/Choice and personal health budgets) the framework sets out that "The NHS will need to consider how to deliver personal health budgets locally and include this as part of transition planning."