Personal health budgets: early experiences of budget holders. Fourth interim report

Annie Louise Irvine, Jacqueline Davidson, Caroline Glendinning, Karen Jones, Julien Forder, J Caiels, E Welch, K Windle, P Dolan, D King

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Personal health budgets are central to developing more personalised healthcare in England. Personal health budgets offer individuals choice over which care and services they receive and control over the money spent on their healthcare. After an initial assessment, an individual is told how much money is available and decides how to use this money to meet health and wellbeing outcomes. These plans are agreed with and signed off by the PCT. The budget can be held by a health professional, by an independent third party on behalf of the patient, by the patient as a cash direct payment (in certain approved localities), or a combination of these. Personal health budgets are being piloted in English primary care trusts (PCTs) between 2009 and 2012. This evaluation report looks at the early experiences of a small subsample of budget holders and their representatives. It reports in-depth interviews with 58 people from 17 PCTs, around three months after the offer of a personal health budget, about their experiences of personal health budgets so far.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherDepartment of Health, London
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • personal health budgets
  • personalisation
  • healthcare
  • health services
  • service users
  • primary care trust
  • PCT
  • choice and control


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