NHS to offer thousands more people a greater choice of care, with more control for wheelchair users over their provision

NHS England today sets out action to help people manage their own health by giving them more choice and control about the personal care they receive.

Three key schemes will be announced at the NHS England Personal Health Budget conference:

  • Personal Health Budgets will replace the current wheelchair voucher scheme as part of efforts to improve services for over 1.2 million people that currently use wheelchairs.
  • The seven sites chosen to develop new ways of delivering choice in maternity care, offering mums-to-be access to services that best suit their needs and preferences.
  • The publication of the Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) Emerging Framework, setting out the future model of care for patients and families with the most complex needs

Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, said: “We are determined to give people more power and control over their own healthcare rather than just informing people about decisions taken by others on their behalf.”

Read the full news item on the Personal Health Budget pages.