Liberal Democrat Health Minister, Norman Lamb has today [Tuesday] announced that the Coalition Government has identified extra cash to support the potential roll-out of personal health budgets to help individuals choose the most appropriate care for their needs.
A personal health budget is an amount of NHS money that is spent on meeting a person’s health and wellbeing needs. It allows people to plan how to use this money in ways that work for them.
A pilot programme involving over 60 PCTs is currently underway across the country to understand how these budgets can benefit those who need them most, what they could be spent on and how best they should be implemented. The evaluation of the pilots is due in the autumn.
The Coalition wants to be on the front foot as soon as the findings are known, so subject to that evaluation, Norman Lamb has identified £1.5m to be available to support the first stage of a roll-out of personal health budgets.
Commenting, Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb said:
“We want to ensure more care is tailored around people’s individual needs and preferences.
“Giving those with complex health needs the control of how to spend money on their care gives them and their doctors the flexibility to try innovative new approaches to achieve better health outcomes.
“Subject to the results of the current pilot programme, our aim is to introduce a right to a personal health budget for people who would benefit from them most – the scale and pace of this will be informed by the independent evaluation.
“We want to be on the front foot as the results become known – that is why we’ve identified £1.5m to support the NHS in the first stage of the roll-out as it starts to implement personal health budgets.”