Personal health budgets are an important new tool to improve the lives of people living with long-term conditions and disabilities by giving them greater choice and control over their healthcare.This is the first step-by-step guide to their implementation.
Using current evidence and best practice identified by pilot sites, Delivering personal health budgets contains everything there is to know about the purpose and history of personal health budgets, the evidence for their effectiveness and the challenges they pose to traditional healthcare systems. It describes the essential infrastructure needed for personal health budgets and includes implementation checklists.The book focuses on how personal health budgets can be implemented to achieve the best possible outcomes for individuals, while real life stories from personal health budget holders bring their potential vividly to life.
Delivering personal health budgets is essential reading for commissioners, healthcare providers, clinicians and policy makers who are looking for an informative and authoritative guide.
"Vidhya Alakeson has been the leading champion of personal health budgets in the UK. Her vision, intelligence and thoughtfulness has been essential to this important policy innovation." Dr Simon Duffy, The Centre for Welfare Reform
“The success of personal health budgets depends on them being implemented well; this book is a valuable resource for those introducing them and for anyone with an interest in personal health budgets and personalisation in the NHS more widely.” Alison Austin, Personalisation and Control Lead, NHS England
Vidhya Alakeson, Deputy Chief Executive of the Resolution Foundation, is a leading consultant in the personalisation of health and social care. She is an internationally recognised expert on personal health budgets and has been closely involved in the development and implementation of personalisation in the NHS England and in the American Medicaid programme.
Section 1: Introducing personal health budgets;
Personalisation across public services;
What is a personal health budget? The basics explained;
The development of personalisation: from direct payments to personal health budgets;
Managing long-term conditions: the case for personal health budgets;
How well do personal health budgets works?;
Section 2: Implementing personal health budgets;
The personal health budget process;
How to set a personal health budget;
Getting the most out of care planning;
Managing and monitoring the money;
Section 3: Personal health budgets and organisational change in the NHS ;
Navigating the new landscape: personal health budgets and NHS reform;
Doctor does not know best: a changing role for clinical professionals;
Growing the market: bringing new providers into the NHS;