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Personal health budgets

We're working to ensure the needs of people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions are taken into account as the use of personal health budgets is extended.

Personal health budgets aim to give people with long-term conditions greater choice, flexibility and control over their health services and the support they receive.

The Department of Health has been piloting their use across England. Patients with arthritis or other musculoskeletal conditions were not included in the pilot despite 20% of the general population consulting their GP about these conditions.

We conducted qualitative and quantitative research with people with musculoskeletal conditions, health professionals and policy makers about personal health budgets. We've created a report of our findings - ‘Personal health budgets: perspectives from people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions (PDF 1,452 KB).

The report calls for the needs of people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions to be considered as personal health budgets are extended across the NHS in England.

In December 2012, the Department of Health’s Care and Support Minister announced the initial roll out of personal health budgets: by April 2014 up to 56,000 people on the NHS Continuing Healthcare scheme will have the right to ask for a personal health budget if they choose one. The Minister also confirmed the objective (set in the mandate to the NHS Commissioning Board) that ‘people who could benefit will have the option to hold their own personal health budget’. Personal health budgets may be offered more widely to people with long term conditions.

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