Support and resources for professionals

Support for clinical commissioning groups (CCGs)

NHS England provides an ongoing programme of support for professionals who are involved in the delivery of personal health budgets.

This programme of support aims to support the further roll-out of personal health budgets, in order to achieve the Government’s Mandate expectations of 50,000 -100,000 personal health budgets by 2020/21, as well as supporting CCGs in line with their responsibilities regarding the legal right to have a personal health budget for people who are eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare and continuing care for children.

The Next Steps on the Five Year Forward View published in March 2017 further promotes supporting disabled people and people with complex health needs through personal health budgets, with plans to reach in excess of 40,000 people by 2019.

The Personal Health Budget Delivery Team’s programme of support draws on the evidence and learning from the successful pilot programme, the implementation so far of personal health budgets in NHS Continuing Healthcare and in other areas, and draws on examples of best practice nationally.

The support includes:

  • Access to regional support, advice and workshops via dedicated Regional Managers
  • Regional network meetings
  • Continuing Healthcare masterclasses
  • Action learning sets
  • Online learning network: A members-only online space for asking questions and sharing learning with other areas.
  • Tools, guides and stories, supporting people to understand and implement personal health budgets.
  • Specialist networks: including in NHS Continuing Care, mental health services, children’s services, and services for adults with learning disabilities.
  • Policy and practice advice via the Q&A section of the learning network.
  • Workforce development and culture change: advice on how to develop leadership among professionals and access to experts by experience.
  • Evaluation: Tools to help you to measure progress and demonstrate results.

Refreshed programme of support – September 2017

A refreshed programme of national support starts in September 2017, giving health and social care professionals the tools and expertise needed to provide personal health budgets.

Whether you’re new to personal health budgets and want to understand the benefits, hoping to get to grips with the steps involved, or already offering personal health budgets and wanting to take this further, a range of events and workshops are available to help meet your needs.

Click on the links below to see all dates available.

  • Personal health budget essentials – Three hour sessions open to all NHS and local government professionals who are new to personal health budgets. Covering policy and NHS Mandate requirements, personalised care and support planning, the basics of setting budgets and examples of good practice.
  • Personal health budgets for mental health (Section 117) workshops – These workshops are for teams of professionals supporting local mental health provision, including professionals working in commissioning of mental health services, mental health providers and local authority organisations. They will explore how personal health budgets can be used to support people with mental health problems with a specific focus on people who are eligible for Section 117 Aftercare.

Personalised health and care framework

Published in June 2017, the Personalised health and care framework provides best practice advice for NHS and local government professionals delivering Integrated Personal Commissioning and implementing personal health budgets.

Developing IT solutions to support personal health budgets

NHS England has been running a programme on behalf of and with CCGs to ensure that IT solutions supporting personal health budgets and Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) are high quality and represent value for money.

Read more information and access a copy of the requirements.

Implementing personal health budgets and need more information?

If you work within the NHS or a local authority you can sign up to the Personal health budgets learning network to access a range of resources, share learning and discuss issues with colleagues across the country.

Alternatively, for more information please contact the national Personal Health Budgets team by emailing england.personalhealthbudgets@nhs.net.