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Independence pays? What do personal health budgets mean for the NHS?

Park House
Social Sciences
Thursday 11th October 2012 (09:00-17:00)
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For further information, please contact:

Tracey Gray

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Independence pays? What do personal health budgets mean for the NHS?

Following longstanding success in social care, both direct payments and personal budgets are being piloted and evaluated in the NHS. These ways of working were reaffirmed in the Equity and Excellence White Paper and promoted as a means of extending public and patient involvement and choice in the NHS.

Described by some as one of the most significant reforms of the welfare state since the Second World War, personal budgets have the potential to revolutionise the way in which services are provided and to transform relationships between patients and clinicians. However, there have also been concerns expressed that this might undermine public sector services, create additional bureaucracy, lead to people using unproven treatments and place patients at greater risk.

The seminar

As work begins to honour the pledge to roll out all continuing care recipients, this one day seminar explores:

  • The nature of direct payments and personal budgets - what they are, where they have come from and what they mean for future policy and practice.
  • Outcomes and lessons from early personal health budget sites.
  • The experiences of patients and families receiving personal health budgets.
  • What this means in terms of implementation and future service provision.

With a mix of inputs from research, policy and practice, the seminar is aimed at anyone with an interest in personal health budgets. It is likely to be of particular interest to those working to implement this new way of working, clinical commissioners, continuing care leads, strategic commissioners and to service providers from the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Further information

For further information on this seminar, please contact Tracey Gray,

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