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Money for training for personal health budget holders open
If you support personal health budget holders who employ their own personal assistants (PAs), they can apply for money for training from Skills for Care. They can use it to pay for training for themselves to become a better employer or to develop the skills of their PAs. It can cover the costs of training and qualifications, travel and the cost of hiring replacement PAs.

Every application is reviewed on a case by case basis and there are lots of courses they could apply for. Find out more and download an application form from the Skills for Care website.

Please share this ‘Money for training’ leaflet and you can email Skills for Care to request printed copies.

Developing personal health budgets for people with mental health issues
NHS England, Personalised Care personal health budgets mental health team is developing the s117 personal health budget offer with 15 sites who expressed their interest in being part of the Development Programme.  The aim is to bring sites together to support and learn from each other and to develop tools and resources to aid the wider implementation of personal health budgets for people eligible for s117 aftercare.

Workshops with representatives from all the sites are planned for September, October and November.

For more information, please visit the learning network.

New resources for personal health budgets by default for CHCs
We have now published the first wave of reference content to enable CCGs to prepare for the offer of personal health budgets by default for those with continuing healthcare needs, which will come into place on 1 April 2019.

We are in the process of refreshing our support offer to CCGs as they progress local plans for default personal health budgets, and will be able to share this shortly. In the meantime, a range of events and workshops continue to be available regionally – further information is available on the learning network.

Help us improve our collaborative forums
We have developed a short survey for you to give us feedback on the PHB learning network and on our Kahootz-based sites, such as those for patient activation/self management, social prescribing, choice, maternity pioneers and end of life.

Please give us your feedback – we want to improve the content and functionality, but need to know how you use it and what you want from us, so we genuinely make it better for you.

The survey closes on Friday 12 October 2018.

Spotlight on the peer leadership academy - Tom Hardwick
From 2002-2018 my care was provided primarily by my dad. He left full-time employment to be my carer. This worked well for numerous years. The difficulties began as I entered adulthood. As an adult I needed to have choice and control over my daily life but I needed to rely on my dad to get out and socialise and enjoy doing activities. 

He had his own life to lead and responsibilities to take care of and so wasn’t always able to enable me to leave the house. Having no independence led me to feel depressed and isolated.

I now have a personal health budget which I use to employ PA’s to care for me 24/7 and its had a huge impact on me. I have grown in confidence by taking on new responsibilities and having greater choice and control has given me new self esteem and an appetite for life.

The Q2 mandatory personal health budget data collection
The Q2 mandatory personal health budget data collection will be open on 1 October 2018 for 2 weeks.  NHS Digital will be emailing all personal health budget data contacts to let them know.

The quality of the data being submitted in the personal health budget data collection has improved in recent quarters, however there is still room for improvement. The pro forma for the data collection going forward will now contain validation rules, therefore here are the top tips to note when making a personal health budget data submission:

  • Question 1 in the data collection is asking for live/open personal health budget​’s at the start of the quarter (i.e. for Q2 this date is 1 July 2018) – this data should not include personal health budgets that ended before the first day of the quarter.
  • Question 4 is asking for all personal health budgets delivered within the financial year to date (i.e. from 1 April 2018) – any personal health budgets ended within the year to date should still be included in this figure (until the next financial year which will start on 1st April 2019)
  • Question 4  we would expect will have a higher number than question 1
  • When the total in question 5 (total children) and question 10 (total adults) are added together they should equal the answer to question 4
  • When looking at the data for the delivery methods of a personal health budget (e.g Direct payment, 3rd party and notional) these numbers can add up to more than the total question in that line. This is because an individual may receive part of their personal health budget via a direct payment and part of their personal health budget notionally.
Webinar to help you to deliver personal health budgets for end of life care/Fast Track Pathway
Sarah Leach, the personal health budgets implementation manager for Warrington CCG, is running a webinar with NHS England to talk through the approach Warrington took to their successful delivery, changes they made, what the future holds and to answer your questions in end of life care. Register your interest here. After your request has been approved, you'll receive instructions for joining the meeting.

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