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Improving people’s experience of personal health budgets: Survey closes 30 April 2018
 
NHS England has commissioned Quality Health to run an online survey to gather feedback about people’s experiences of personal health budgets. Running until Monday 30 April 2018, the survey is open to all current or previous personal health budget and integrated personal budget holders, as an opportunity to share experiences and help to improve how personal health budgets are offered in England. All professionals working with personal health budget holders are encouraged to share details of the survey. Further information is available on the personal health budget learning network.

 
 
 
 
 
Personal health budget and integrated personal budget consultation open until 8 June
 
The Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England have launched a joint consultation on extending the legal rights to have a personal health budget or integrated personal budget. The consultation seeks views on extending rights to a range of people, including those with social care and health needs, people accessing mental health services, and armed forces personnel who are leaving services and eligible for ongoing NHS care.

Minister for Care Caroline Dinenage said, “If you have complex needs our current health and social care system can be confusing so it’s right people should be involved in the important decisions about how their care is delivered.

These changes will put the power back into the hands of patients and their families, potentially allowing up to 350,000 extra people to take up a personal health budget if they so wish.”

Running until 8 June 2018, the consultation follows the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care’s speech on social care reform last month.

 
 
 
 
 
Personal wheelchair budgets self-assessment
 
Since April 2017 all clinical commissioning groups have been expected to move to personal wheelchair budgets to replace the wheelchair voucher system. Commissioners can now access a self-assessment tool on the learning network, which is intended to help commissioners and providers collaboratively review local progress and plan for implementation. NHS England is also offering a telephone conversation with all CCGs to discuss personal wheelchair budget plans, for those not already involved in the personal health budget champion and mentee programme. To request a conversation, please contact tasnim.shah1@nhs.net.  

 
 
 
 
 
Personal health budgets support for 2018/19
 
The national personal health budgets team provide a range of advice and support to professionals across the country who are working to introduce and provide personal health budgets in their local area.

There are a number of opportunities available including regional support and networking opportunities, personal health budgets essentials sessions, continuing healthcare masterclasses, and a range of other workshops covering topics such as budget setting, delegation to personal assistants, and personal health budgets in mental health.

To book a place on any of the events visit the events page on the learning network.

For more information about any of the support available, please contact the national team: england.personalhealthbudgets@nhs.net

 

 
 
 
 
 
Updated Q&As
 
NHS England has updated the Q&As on the learning network, which aim to help local areas overcome some of the myths and barriers to implementing personal health budgets. These have been developed in response to issues raised by commissioners, providers, voluntary and community sector  partners and patients. New Q&As cover topics such as how personal health budgets can be used, how to deliver integrated personal budgets, and how to work with providers.

 
 
 
 
 
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Personal health budgets delivery team
NHS England, Skipton House, 80 London Road, London SE1 6LH

email: england.personalhealthbudgets@nhs.net
learning network: www.personalhealthbudgets.england.nhs.uk