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Personal budget in mental health

  Personal budgets in mental health  
From this month, NHS England expects clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to expand the use of personal health budgets by offering them to people with long-term conditions who could benefit. People who use mental health services will be among those expected to be offered the budgets. This week we published a new briefing paper with NHS Confederation. It highlights innovative practice, and examples of specific groups of people who can benefit from a personal health budget.
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  Catch up on other mental health products  
To coincide with the launch of Personal budgets in mental health, we're highlighting some other mental health resources.
Don't make assumptions
It's easy to make assumptions about what people who use services need based on past ways of working. The new Care Act calls for a radical shake-up; it asks providers and commissioners to take their lead from people. No Assumptions - our work with National Voices that describes what good personalised, coordinated care and support in mental health looks like - gives case study examples of how people's mental and physical needs can be met in a whole person approach rather than a silo system approach- in other word an integrated care model.
Read No Assumptions - a narrative for personalised, coordinated care and support in mental health
Blog article - I Statements for mental health
Pathways to personalisation in mental health
"Personalisation? I know this is happening when I am treated with warmth, respect and honesty and when I don't have to fight all the time to get what I want to help me recover and live my life the way I choose to." (Mental health expert by experience)

Paths to Personalisation in mental health, published by the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi), with links to TLAP's Making it Real offers examples of what needs to be in place to make personalisation work in mental health.
Read Paths to personalisation in mental health
Integrating personal budgets for people with mental health problems
We know that joined up integrated care means that people experience improved outcomes, but there are structural and financial challenges to making this happen. Putting the individual in control of their wellbeing through integrated personal budgets is a solution that many organisations are adopting. TLAP encourages this approach through our work to support the integrated personal commissioning programme. SCIE's guide is a useful resource to help professionals leading work to integrate personal budgets for adults of working age with mental health problems.
Visit SCIE's website for information on integrated budgets for people with mental health problems
Visit the IPC programme website
Nothing about us without us
Mental health campaigners have long campaigned for a stop to progressive cuts to mental health services and for the same parity of esteem that people with physical health conditions enjoy. The National Survivor User Network (NSUN),a service-user led organisation, has stepped up the call by publishing a manifesto for the next government. Amongst the principles in the manifesto is a recommendation for a social model of disability which requires better person centred support.
Read the manifesto
Consultation reminder
No voice unheard, no right ignored is a Department of Health consultation for people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions which proposes to give more rights around the care they receive. It also seeks views related to the Mental Health Act which were raised during the recent consultation on the revised Mental Health Act Code of Practice. Deadline for submissions is the 29th May.
Take part in the consultation
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