Advice, advocacy and brokerage in PHBs

A few years old but worth having a look at this guidance from the Department of Health about advice, advocacy and brokerage in personal health budgets.

It concludes, "There is an important balance to be struck in commissioning advice, advocacy and brokerage services in each local area and
ensuring a well trained and confident workforce within a variety of different provider organisations, including information networks, peer support and user-led organisations. These are essential functions to ensure equal access and effective use of personal health budgets".

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Skills for Care funding for PHB recipients

People who receive a Personal Health Budget and employ their own personal assistants can apply for funding for training for themselves or their employees. Skills for Care offers this funding in much the same way as they do for people receiving social care funds.

Please see application form, guidance notes, more information and an easy read version of the application form on the Skills for Care website 
If you have any further questions, please contact or call 01132411279.

Conference success

More than a week after our conference and we can still hear the messages, discussions and debate loud and clear. For those that came, we hope that you found it worthwhile - the feedback that we received certainly says that you did! For those that couldn't make it - you missed out - but fear not, we're sharing all of the visual presentations from the day. See the files below.

A big thank you to all of our speakers - Tim Gollins, Luke Clements, Smriti Singh, Robin Murray Neill, Tracey Jannaway, Sharon Allen, Toby Williamson, Peter Gay, Belinda Schwehr and Peter Beresford.

As promised we're also putting together a report of the day. We'll let you know when it's out.

If you're not yet a member you can join us - increasing numbers are finding us from both health and social care, and from statutory, independent and voluntary sectors. See Membership for more details.

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