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Better integration of health and social care is key for social care reform say Government
 
In his first policy speech since becoming the Health and Social Care Secretary, Mr Hunt last week set out a blueprint for reforming social care and outlined the seven principles which will guide the Government’s thinking in the social care green paper to be published later this year.

He also unveiled a 10 year workforce strategy and a £1 million, two year Integrated Health and Social Care Pilot across Gloucestershire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.

 
Amongst the seven principles outlined, he emphasised the integration of health and care services around the whole person so the NHS and social care systems operate as one, and giving the highest possible control to those receiving support.

Talking about wanting to “turbo-charge progress on integrated health and care budgets”, to make them the norm and not the exception, Mr Hunt announced a consultation on personal health budgets, which will seek views on proposals to extend legal rights to have a personal health budget or integrated personal budget to additional groups of people. More details about the consultation and pilots are expected shortly.

 
 
 
 
 
Coproducing personalised care
 
 
 
 
Personal health budget holders invited to networking and celebration event
 
Personal health budget and integrated personal budget holders are invited to attend a networking event on Wednesday 9 May 2018 in London. Run by Peoplehub Community Interest Company and supported by NHS England, the event will be an opportunity for personal health budget holders to share their experiences and celebrate the difference their budget has made to their lives.  

 
For more information and to download a copy of the expression of interest form, go to the Peoplehub website.

Expressions of interest should be submitted by Monday 16 April 2018. For more information please contact jo.fitzgerald@nhs.net.

 
 
 
 
Peer Leadership Academy 2018
 
Applications are now open for the next Peer Leadership Academy starting in May 2018. This is a personal development programme for people who have experience of, and want to shape and influence the expansion of personalised care, including personal health budgets. Visit the Peoplehub website for more information or e-mail the personal health budget team to request an application form. 

To read more about the impact that people with lived experience are having, read this recent blog from Jo Fitzgerald. The deadline for applications to the Academy is Thursday 19 April 2018.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional network meeting dates
 
Dates for a number of personal health budget regional network meetings have now been confirmed for 2018/19, including meetings in the North West, North East, Yorkshire and Humber, London and the West Midlands. Regional network meetings focus on the practicalities of delivering personal health budgets and are an opportunity for local commissioners and providers to network with others, problem solve and hear the latest updates about national policy and guidance. 

 
Take a look on the learning network to see all available dates.

 
 
 
 
 
Updated information about personal health budgets
 
A number of updated questions and answers about personal health budgets have been published on the NHS England website. This covers questions such as how personal health budgets fit with other personalised health and care initiatives, how the money can be managed, why personal health budgets are offered in the NHS, and what happens if someone’s needs change. Introductory information for patients and the public is available on the NHS Choices website.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Study day: personal health budgets for children and young people
 
NHS England is running two study days in London (Thursday 10 May) and Leeds (Thursday 31 May) on personal health budgets for children and young people. The sessions will use a practical approach to explore how personal health budgets can be provided for children and young people, focusing on topics such as Continuing Care, mental health and Education, Health and Care plans. 

 
The days are aimed at people who commission or work in children’s services, including practitioners who are developing or delivering personal health budgets locally.

 
 
 
 
 
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