[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 10, May 2012].
This leaflet explains the concept of personal health budgets for individuals, especially those with long-term conditions, and how these budgets are expected to be used by healthcare professionals, commissioners, and support organisations.
The document supplies answers to frequently asked questions, shares personal stories and provides access to further sources of information about personal health budgets. There is also an Easy Read Leaflet.
Everyone in receipt of NHS Continuing Healthcare will have a right to ask for a personal health budget, including a direct payment for healthcare, by April 2014.
Department of Health (2012). Understanding personal health budgets. London: Department of Health, April 2012.