Personalisation and personal budgets can support recovery and transform mental health services, according to new report


This new briefing paper from the NHS Confederation and the Centre for Mental Health looks at the impact that personalisation and recovery are having on mental health services in England.

The first part of this paper describes personalisation, personal budgets and personal health budgets.

The second sets out their shared philosophy and discusses what the two approaches mean for changing the current service system.

The third part focuses on personal health budgets as tools for recovery and identifies the eight core features that need to be put in place if recovery-oriented services are to maximise the potential of personal health budgets:

  1. A simple, fair resource allocation system
  2. Effective recovery planning (combined with effective support when required)
  3. New approaches to opportunity and safety
  4. A more diverse workforce
  5. Monitoring on the basis of outcomes not spending
  6. A new evidence base
  7. A more diverse market
  8. Sustainable funding

Sean Duggan, Chief Executive at Centre for Mental Health said:

Recovery-oriented practice helps people to set their own goals and priorities. And personalisation gives people a greater say on how their health and social care needs are met. Combining the two in the right way enables people to make important decisions about their own lives.


Recovery, Personalisation and Personal Budgets (PDF). Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change briefing, 2012.

Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change (ImROC) Project website.

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André Tomlin is an Information Scientist with 20 years experience working in evidence-based healthcare. He's worked in the NHS, for Oxford University and since 2002 as Managing Director of Minervation Ltd, a consultancy company who do clever digital stuff for charities, universities and the public sector. Most recently André has been the driving force behind the Mental Elf and the National Elf Service; an innovative digital platform that helps professionals keep up to date with simple, clear and engaging summaries of evidence-based research. André is a Trustee at the Centre for Mental Health and an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London Division of Psychiatry. He lives in Bristol, surrounded by dogs, elflings and lots of woodland!

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