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Personal health budgets and NHS Continuing Healthcare discussion paper

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Added: 27/01/2012
Updated: 24/07/2012

This document is a discussion paper which explores personal health budgets for people receiving NHS Continuing Healthcare (NHS CHC). It will be of interest to healthcare professionals who have a role in NHS CHC or are considering the future implementation of personal health budgets, and is the first of a number of informative documents on the subject.

Personal health budgets are currently being piloted in the NHS in England, with over 2,700 participants across 20 sites. A number of sites are piloting personal health budgets with people eligible for NHS CHC. In October 2011, the Secretary of State for Health announced that subject to the evaluation, by April 2014 everyone in receipt of NHS CHC will have a right to ask for a personal health budget, including a direct payment. This will form part of a broader rollout of personal health budgets to people with long term health conditions.

The document defines personal health budgets and NHS Continuing Healthcare, and gives more information about the recent Government announcement. It discusses how personal health budgets are relevant to people receiving NHS CHC and how personal health budgets change the NHS CHC pathway. It also goes through some practical considerations and next steps, and gives some useful case studies and Q+As.

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