As the Personal Health Budgets team welcomes applications from patients and families to join the Peer Leadership Academy for 2016-17, NHS England’s Lived Experience Lead explains the importance of embedding co-production into national initiatives to give people more choice and control over their care:
Since last year, I’ve been pleased to work directly with the teams at NHS England who are overseeing the policy and delivery of personal health budgets and Integrated Personal Commissioning across the country.
My interest in this area began a number of years ago when my son, Mitchell, became one of the first people in the country to receive a personal health budget. This was managed successfully until he passed away last year.
The Personal Health Budgets and IPC teams at NHS England are tasked with making PHBs a reality for 50,000 to 100,000 people by 2020. This will meet the Government’s 2016-17 mandate to the NHS, and take PHBs and personalisation one step further through Integrated Personal Commissioning.