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Your Health in Your Hands - PHBs: Track 1

What are Personal Health Budgets, how do they work and how will they affect you? Personal Health Budgets or PHBs are the next major step towards personalising healthcare. They’ve been designed to allow people more choice and control over the money spent on meeting their healthcare and wellbeing needs.

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Track 1: The impact of Personal Health Budgets

In this discussion three people involved in implementing Personal Health Budgets, or PHBs, explain what they’re going to mean for healthcare in England. PHBs are the next major step towards personalising healthcare. They’ve been designed to allow people more choice and control over the money spent on meeting their healthcare and wellbeing needs. The NHS hopes to, ultimately, offer a PHB to anyone who could benefit.


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Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 The impact of Personal Health Budgets    In this discussion three people involved in implementing Personal Health Budgets, or PHBs, explain what they’re going to mean for healthcare in England. PHBs are the next major step towards personalising healthcare. They’ve been designed to allow people more choice and control over the money spent on meeting their healthcare and wellbeing needs. The NHS hopes to, ultimately, offer a PHB to anyone who could benefit. Play now The impact of Personal Health Budgets
2 How Personal Health Budgets work    In this discussion practitioners tell us how Personal Health Budgets, or PHBs, will be rolled out. The movement towards personalisation started in the 1970s. Since 2009 a variety of trials have taken place across England, mainly for people living with long term conditions. From 2014 more and more patients will be able to ask to take control of their own health care. Play now How Personal Health Budgets work
3 Case study 4: Motor Neurone Disease    In this case study we hear from Martin Harrison who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2004. He lives in Thornaby-on-Tees in North Yorkshire with his wife and two daughters. Play now Case study 4: Motor Neurone Disease
4 Case study 3: Schizophrenia    In this case study we hear from Andrew Voice. He has schizophrenia and spent 20 years in and out of asylums before finding a place to live independently in Bexhill. He got a PHB which allowed him to set up a social enterprise offering things like music sessions and yoga to people living with mental health conditions in the local area. Play now Case study 3: Schizophrenia
5 Case study 2: Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy    In this case study we hear from Mathew O’Sullivan. He’s 25 years old and has a form of muscular dystrophy called Duchenne’s. He lives near Reading with his girlfriend Lizzie who has cerebral palsy. They manage their personal health budgets in tandem. Mathew breathes using a respirator and needs 24-hour care. Play now Case study 2: Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy
6 Case study 1: Alzheimer's Disease    In this case study we hear from Jonathan Fitzpatrick. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in his 50s. Now 68 after a short spell in a care home he lives at home in Oxfordshire with his wife Anna. Play now Case study 1: Alzheimer's Disease