Sam Bennett, Head of Integrated Personal Commissioning and Personal Health Budgets has written this blog which highlights the importance of personal health budgets in improving wellbeing outcomes and making choice and control a reality for people. This blog also outlines the need to see people as active participants in their care, not as passive recipients of services.
Earlier this year we launched the review Peer Support: What Is It and Does It Work?with Nesta, which found evidence that peer support can help people feel more knowledgeable, confident and happy, and less isolated and alone. Following up from this, we’ve been publishing a series of peer support case studies highlighting some of the ways in which charities are facilitating peer support, and the benefits peer support can offer for people living with long term health needs.
Wellbeing Our Way’s first year has been an exciting one. More than 50 voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations are involved in the programme - developing ways in which charities and community groups can enable people to live well with their long term health needs.
At a recent conference, I noticed a great deal of time was spent on promoting awareness of bad practices within the health and care sector. This got me to thinking about the vital role of National Voices members, and the wider voluntary sector, in building networks and promoting examples of the good practice which has improved services for, and lifestyles of, disabled people.