The Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England have launched a consultation on extending the legal rights to have a personal health budget or integrated personal budget.
Following the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care’s speech on social care reform last month, the consultation seeks views on extending rights to a range of people who could benefit from having a ‘right to have’ a personal health budget, or where appropriate, an integrated personal budget:
People with ongoing social care needs, who also make regular and ongoing use of relevant NHS services.
People eligible for Section 117 aftercare services, and people of all ages with ongoing mental health needs who make regular and ongoing use of community based NHS mental health services.
People leaving the Armed Forces, who are eligible for ongoing NHS services.
People with a learning disability, autism or both, who are eligible for ongoing NHS care.
People who access wheelchair services whose posture and mobility needs impact their wider health and social care needs.
Within this, it is also proposed for there to be an explicit right to receive a personal health budget or integrated personal budget via a direct payment, for certain groups who would benefit.
Running until 8 June 2018, consultation responses can be submitted on the Department of Health and Social Care website. (Survey is on the bottom of the page).