From April 2014, people eligible for NHS continuing healthcare will have the ‘right to ask’ their Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for a personal health budget. From October 2014, they will have the ‘right to have one’. Whilst this is exciting news for people who want a personal health budget, the research evaluation showed that to ensure people have a better quality of life and better health outcomes, personal health budgets have to be implemented well. Done badly, personal health budgets can have a negative impact on budget holder’s health and wellbeing.
As the implementation of personal health budgets gathers pace in readiness for the ‘right to have’ a personal health budget in October 2014, it is vital that budget holders can extend their sphere of influence into the wider NHS regions. Ensuring that involvement by personal health budget holders is coordinated and focused will help with the consistency of message.
More information about the peer leader programme can be found at http://www.peoplehub.org.uk/?page_id=842
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