The evidence base for personalised care continues to grow, demonstrating a positive impact on people, the system and professionals. Shared decision making between people and clinicians about their tests, treatments and support options leads to more realistic expectations, a better match between individuals’ values and treatment choices, and fewer unnecessary interventions.
Personalised care also has a positive impact on health inequalities, taking account of different backgrounds and preferences, with people from lower socioeconomic groups able to benefit the most from personalised care.
The original personal health budget (PHB) independent 2012 evaluation, led by the Personal Social Services Research Unit at the University of Kent, showed improved quality of life and reduced people’s reliance on unplanned care eg A&E admissions, as well as overall savings of £3100 per person per year for CHC PHB holders. This included changes to direct and indirect costs and the majority of people were living in their own home.
Quarterly personal health budget figures
At the end of Quarter 2 (end September 2018), 32,341 people were benefitting from personal health budgets.
- Personal health budget significantly reduces transport costs by £25K per year and gives more choice and control to siblings in Midlands
- My personal health budget gives me control, makes me the boss, and lifts a weight off George’s shoulders
- Flexible funding allows Dylan to live independently for the first time in his life and save on on-going costs
- A primary care navigator helped John to get his life back and address his ongoing health and social needs
- Social prescribing linked me to art which saved my life