Personal health budgets 2018: what every voluntary, community and social enterprise needs to know

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This guide shares some of the ways that voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) organisations offer support for people who have a personal health budget and their families. It explains how the unique ethos, reach and skillset of the VCSE can help many more people benefit from personal health budgets and transform the experience of living with a long term condition. They can do this by working with NHS organisations to provide accessible information about personal health budgets, involving people in creative care planning, helping to connect individuals with the right services and support, and providing advocacy support. Health professionals and commissioners who work well with local VCSE organisations on personal health budgets will also increase choice and achieve outcomes for a larger and wider group of people. The guide includes a series of case studies and recommendations for voluntary sector organisations and their partners. The case studies provide examples of show VCSE organisations can helping people to make choices and use a personal health budget, those delivering care and support, and organisations working to help redesign local health systems. The guide will be useful for health professionals, commissioners and VSCE organisations. (Edited publisher abstract)

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case studies, voluntary sector, personal health budgets, long term conditions, commissioning, co-production;
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practice guidance
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