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Delivering Personal Health Budgets

A guide to policy and practice

Author: Vidhya Alakeson

Personal health budgets are an important new tool to improve the lives of people living with long-term conditions and disabilities by giving them greater choice and control over their healthcare. This book provides a step-by-step guide to their implementation.

Using current evidence and best practice identified by pilot sites, Delivering Personal Health Budgets contains everything there is to know about the purpose and history of personal health budgets, the evidence for their effectiveness and the challenges they pose to traditional healthcare systems.

Vidhya Alakeson, Deputy Chief Executive of the Resolution Foundation, is a leading consultant in the personalisation of health and social care. She is an internationally recognised expert on personal health budgets and has been closely involved in the development and implementation of personalisation in the English NHS and in the American Medicaid programme.

Delivering Personal Health Budgets describes the essential infrastructure needed for personal health budgets, includes implementation checklists and focuses on how personal health budgets can be implemented to achieve the best possible outcomes for individuals. Real life stories from personal health budget holders bring their potential vividly to life.

“The success of personal health budgets depends on them being implemented well; this book is a valuable resource for those introducing them and for anyone with an interest in personal health budgets and personalisation in the NHS more widely.”

Alison Austin, Personalisation and Control Lead, NHS England

"Vidhya Alakeson has been the leading champion of personal health budgets in the UK. Her vision, intelligence and thoughtfulness has been essential to this important policy innovation."

Dr Simon Duffy, The Centre for Welfare Reform