Facing up to the challenge of personal health budgets: the view of frontline professionals

Authors:
NHS CONFEDERATION, NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH DEVELOPMENT UNIT
Publisher:
NHS Confederation
Publication year:
2011
Pagination:
27p.
Place of publication:
London

This report investigates attitudes and motivations to personal health budgets amongst frontline professionals working with mental health service users. These are based on research findings from 60 in-depth, qualitative interviews and a national quantitative survey amongst 645 respondents. It outlines the key challenges involved if frontline professionals are to effectively put into practice the theoretical principles behind personal health budgets. It draws attention to the complex nature of the main barriers involved, as well outlining how professionals might best be supported if these barriers are to be overcome. Key objections concern the absence of empirical evidence that patient choice delivered through the use of personal health budgets improves health outcomes, and, amongst social workers, the main worry is that bureaucracy will subsume the benefits. Because most professionals are still very new to the concept of personal health budgets and are open to having their opinions influenced by learning and debate, this report also explores how these opportunities to work with professionals in developing their expectations might best be approached.

Subject terms:
mental health services, personal budgets, personalisation, social programmes, evidence-based practice, personal health budgets;
Content type:
research
Location(s):
England
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ISBN print:
978 1 85947 192 0

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