VCSE Personal Health Budget Support Network

The Voluntary and Community Sector has an exciting opportunity to take a central role in supporting Clinical Commissioning Groups in the scale up and roll out of personal health budgets.


The Role of VCSE Organisations

It is clear that the Voluntary and Community Sector is central to supporting NHS England in achieving the aim to offer and deliver Personal Health Budgets to people with long term conditions.  There is a strong and clear role for organisations to support CCGs in the scale up and roll out of personal health budgets, and in enabling greater choice, control and flexibility to people who are interested in taking them up. Working in partnership with CCGs, VCSE organisations are well placed to offer a range of support options for individuals which compliment the CCGs local offer around personal health budgets. Roles as diverse as promotion, signposting, person centred planning, administrative support, and direct service delivery are all opportunities which the sector can both engage in and bring personalised practices to.  We invite you to be part of a co-production and support network for the Voluntary and Community sector, to prepare you to engage with Personal Health Budgets in your locality. 


Who is the network for?

Expanding on the work of the Gearing Up programme (a NHS England development programme for VCSE organisations to support them to deliver information and advice on personal health budgets for people eligible for continuing health care) this network is for voluntary sector organisations which adhere to and put into practice the values underpinning personalisation, peer support and working with people with lived experience. It is for organisations that would like to offer a range of support to people who are interested in or are eligible to receive a personal health budget. 


 What will you get from the Network?

  • Learn more about personal health budgets

  • Regular, up to date briefings on national policy and developments

  • Know what CCGs mean by a Local Offer on personal health budgets

  • Understand how you and other VCSE organisations can work together, and with CCGs, to support the promotion of local solutions

  • Strengthened capacity and ability to support CCGs and individuals

  • Opportunity to share experiences and build local connections with a view to establishing a sustainable network.


To initiate these networks

We are holding a series of 3 learning and development days.  This event is the first in the series. These days will provide you with information, advice, and guidance on the Personal Health Budget process both nationally and locally, and will support you to start to develop an engagement plan within your organisation and/or locality.  They will provide an opportunity to meet others wishing to engage with Personal Health Budgets and form potential partnerships and alliances. 

We are requesting a commitment to attend the 3 scheduled learning events as a minimum, with a view to building an ongoing learning and development network.  Due to the potential high demand of these events, we are limiting attendance to 1 person per organisation and will be prioritising VCSE groups who can demonstrate a clear commitment to the values underpinning personalisation.  If we are over-subscribed, we reserve the right to offer places to organisations who we think would most benefit. 


An agenda will be sent to attendees nearer to the date, but will feature:

  • National and Local Context – what are Personal Health Budgets and what is a Local Offer?

  • Personalisation and the journey from the perspective of a personal health budget holder.

  • Ways the sector can engage.

  • Developing your ‘vision’.


To book a place: 

Please follow the links below for more information and to register your place:
East Midlands, 28th Sept 2016:
East of England, 4th Oct 2016:
North West, 6th Oct 2016:
North East, 20th Oct 2016:
South East (Surrey), 1st Nov 2016:
South East (Reading), 9th Nov 2016:
London, 10th Nov 2016:
North, 15th Nov 2016:
West Midlands, 17th Nov 2016:


Please see the attached flyer below for more information.

Thu, 17 November 2016
How to book: 
Please select the location most suitable for you from the list above and use the Eventbrite page to register.
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