Personal health budgets: challenges for commissioners and policy-makers – Nuffield Trust – August 2013

Posted on August 29, 2013. Filed under: Health Economics, Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: , |

Personal health budgets: challenges for commissioners and policy-makers – Nuffield Trust – August 2013

“A personal health budget is an allocation of NHS money to someone with an identified health need so that they can buy the services they think will improve certain aspects of their health and wellbeing. It is intended to give the recipient more control over the care that they receive.

In 2009 the Department of Health launched a pilot programme to look at the viability of personal health budgets and an independent evaluation was carried out. It was found that they have a positive impact on care-related quality of life and wellbeing and are cost-effective. It was recommended that they should have a wider roll-out. The Government has since committed that from April 2014 everyone who receives NHS continuing health care funding will have a right to request a personal health budget rather than receiving commissioned services. This will present issues and challenges for commissioners and policy-makers.

In this research summary we describe what personal health budgets are and how they are supposed to work in practice. We also look at the evidence from the national evaluation and explore some of the issues that will be raised for commissioners and policy-makers as personal health budgets are rolled out.”

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