The UK Government is committed to the use of personal health budgets for health service users. This follows an evaluation of the pilot programme 2009-2012 and relates to a wider personalisation agenda in health and social care reform in England.
Various other countries have experimented with personal budgets, whether for purchasing social care or health care. This Policy Research Unit in Commissioning and the Healthcare System review collates evidence from these various programmes to arrive at an assessment of personal health budgets. It also includes findings from final evaluation report of the personal health budget pilot in England.
Wirrmann Gadsby, E. (2013). Personal budgets and health: a review of the evidence. Policy Research Unit in Commissioning and the Healthcare System (Centre for Health Services Studies; University of Kent), February 2013.
Department of Health’s Spring 2013 Edition of Update
The Department of Health’s Spring 2013 edition of “Update: the personal health budgets information sheet”, explains the direct payments public consultation. This edition covers:
- Direct payments public consultation.
- Move to the NHS Commissioning Board (now NHS England).
- Making health and social care budgets a reality.
- Personal health budgets peer networks.
- Preparing the workforce.
- Personal health budgets resources.
Update: the personal health budgets information sheet. London: Department of Health, March 2013.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 7, May 2013].