We are pleased to announce that from 14th October 2013, personal health budgets will become available for Lewisham residents eligible for fully funded continuing healthcare, giving those people much more of a say over how their health and wellbeing needs are met.
Although this will only affect a small number of people in Lewisham, they are the people who have the most complex health needs, and this approach will give these patients and their families more flexibility in how care is delivered. A personal health budget is an amount of money paid by the NHS to adult patients or their nominated representative by the NHS to meet healthcare and well-being needs.
Eligible patients will receive support from a ‘care co-ordinator’ who could be their GP, Nurse, social worker, hospital co-ordinator or others providing support will help patients decide how best to use their personal health budgets.
Dr Michael Ogunlokun, Associate Commissioning Director for older adults, working jointly across Lewisham CCG & Lewisham Council said
“I’m delighted to be introducing personal health budgets and feel confident that this will help us deliver personalised care for those people who have the most fragile health and require intensive ongoing support. Our team are working hard to ensure that this will be a smooth transition to a new system which will be easy and responsive, and should help to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions”.
For more detailed information about personal health budgets in Lewisham, Contact the Lewisham Joint commissioning team on 0208 314 8197 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also find out more on the NHS Choices website.