Personal health budgets and the role of nursing
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Personal health budgets and the role of nursing

Vidhya Alakeson Senior health policy fellow, The Nuffield Trust for Research and Policy Studies in Health Services, London, Research and strategy at the Resolution Foundation
David Coyle Senior lecturer mental health nursing studies, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Chester

A personal health budget is an allocation of NHS resources that is given to an eligible individual to meet an identified set of health needs in lieu of commissioned services. Personal health budgets were introduced into the NHS in England in 2009 to give individuals more control of the care they receive. This article describes personal health budgets and presents some early findings from pilots in England and the United States.

Nursing Standard. 25, 26, 35-39. doi: 10.7748/ns2011.


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