Personal budgets in mental health services

Personal health and social care budgets can help people with a mental health condition to set their own goals and rebuild their lives, according to a briefing paper published by the Centre for Mental Health and the NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network.

The paper discusses how the twin concepts of personalisation and recovery are transforming mental health services in the UK and is the second in a series of briefings produced by the Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change (ImROC) project.

Chartered Psychologist Dr Rachel Perkins, consultant with the ImROC project team, says:

"Both recovery and personalisation are rooted in self-determination and reclaiming the rights of full citizenship for people with a mental health condition. With personal budgets and personal health budgets embedding the three core components of recovery, hope, control and opportunity, full citizenship is possible."

Recovery is a process through which people find ways of living meaningful lives with or without the ongoing symptoms of their condition. Helping someone recover is not just about managing symptoms, it includes finding and keeping a job, having somewhere safe to live and developing supportive relationships with family.

Recovery, Personalisation and Personal Budgets outlines the eight core features that need to be put in place if personal health budgets in the NHS and Personal Budgets in social care are to support recovery.

The briefing also sets out the shared philosophy and objectives of recovery and personalisation and discusses what the two approaches mean for changing the current service system.