SCIE press release

Personal health budgets - SCIE's response

30 November 2012

Responding to today's news that personal health budgets will be rolled out, SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe, says:

It is encouraging to see people beginning to be given choice and control over their health treatment and care, which the research published today shows can have such a positive impact. We know from our experience in social care, that given the right information and support, personal budgets can give people the chance to take control over their own lives, which in turn can improve things for carers. It is very encouraging that the personal health budget pilots have been so successful and will now be rolled out more widely.

We live in challenging times economically, but also encouraging times for those who use health and social care services as personalisation is implemented and integration strengthened. People do not always distinguish between health and social care and support, like services do. They want, and increasingly expect, to have control over their care, whoever provides it.

SCIE has a wealth of resources that can support personalisation policy to become a reality. SCIE's new digital guide to personalisation can help the health sector understand the wider principles behind personal health budgets. SCIE's research shows that integrated services work best when they promote increased user involvement, choice and control. Our Social Care TV film demonstrates that integrated personal budgets could hold real potential for improving people's lives. And our new website resource Find Me Good Care means that the general public can now get information and compare services to support the informed choices they want to make.

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Steve Palmer | Press and Public Affairs Manager | Tel: 020 7766 7419 | Mob: 07739 458 192 | Email: media@scie.org.uk