Interested in Personal Health Budgets- this might be for you

Sarah Morland
Author's position
Partnership Manager
Article date
5 August 2016
Primary interest

To put you in the best possible position to make sense of Personal Health Budgets (PHBs) and what they could mean for the sector, NAVCA (National Association of Voluntary and Community Action), National Voices and Volunteering Matters (the Voluntary Voices partnership) are setting up learning and support networks.

They are for anyone in the voluntary sector involved in helping people and local voluntary organisations make PHBs work, in particular local infrastructure, charities delivering healthcare and user-led organisations. They will also have input from NHS England and local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), so present an opportunity to share ideas with them.

WHO is the network for?

  • Voluntary sector organisations practising the values underpinning personalisation, peer support and working with people with lived experience;
  • Organisations seeking to offer support to people who are interested in or eligible to receive a PHB.

What will YOU get from the Network?

Understanding of Personal Health Budgets:
– up to date briefings on national policy and developments
– knowledge of what your CCG’s Local Offer is
– guidance on how to engage with PHBs and work in partnership with CCGs;
Appreciation of how you can work together to develop local solutions;
Opportunity to share experiences, learn from good practice, and build local connections.

To initiate these networks:

The Voluntary Voices Partnership is holding a series of 3 learning and development days. These days will offer you a unique opportunity to gain information, advice, and guidance on the Personal Health Budget process, both nationally and locally from NHSE and CCG colleagues, and individuals and organisations engaging with lived experience. Over the 3 days the Partnership will support you to develop an engagement plan within your organisation and/or locality, and provide you with an opportunity to meet others wishing to engage with Personal Health Budgets and form potential partnerships and alliances.

The Partnership is requesting a commitment to attend the 3 scheduled learning events as a minimum, with a view to building an ongoing learning and development network for your area. “Due to the potential high demand of these events, we are limiting attendance to 1 person per organisation and will be prioritising VCSE groups who can demonstrate a clear commitment to the values underpinning personalisation”.

Find out more and book a place for the first workshop in Reading on 9th November