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J Ment Health. 2013 Apr;22(2):174-82. doi: 10.3109/09638237.2012.734658. Epub 2013 Jan 16.

Implementing personalisation for people with mental health problems: a comparative case study of four local authorities in England.

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  • 1Research Department, Rethink Mental Illness, London, UK. john.larsen@rethink.org

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Enhancing choice and control for people using services is a mental health and social-care service priority in England. Personalisation is a new policy and practice for delivery of social-care services where eligible adults are allocated a personal budget to spend to meet their agreed support needs.

AIMS:

To describe approaches to introducing personal budgets to people with severe and enduring mental health needs, and to identify facilitators or barriers encountered.

METHOD:

Within four English local authority (LA) areas, purposively selected to provide maximum variation, semi-structured interviews were undertaken with 58 participants from LAs, NHS trusts and third-sector organisations. An Interpretive Framework analysis considered within- and across-site insights.

RESULTS:

Issues arising from the implementation of personalisation for people with mental health needs are presented under two general themes: "responsibility and power" and "vision and leadership". Key challenges identified were complexities of working across NHS and LAs, the importance of effective leadership and engagement with service user representatives.

CONCLUSIONS:

Implementing personal budgets in mental health requires effective engagement of health and social-care systems. Change processes need strong leadership, clear vision and personal commitment, with ownership by all key stakeholders, including front-line practitioners.

PMID:
23324040
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