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Learning from Mental Health PHBs in Stockport

Authors: Shirley Dean, Doreen Roberts and Ian Roberts

Stockport has been one of the leading places in England to develop effective models of self-direction for people with mental health problems. It has pioneered both the use of personal health budgets and peer support. This research outlines some of the positive outcomes from enabling peer supporters to help people plan and, where necessary, manage personal health budgets.

Stockport has been successful in developing personalisation and individualised budgets in mental health services over the last four years and was identified as a demonstrator site by NHS England to develop and implement Personal Health Budgets (PHBs) in mental health.

All Together Positive, a local user-led organisation, was commissioned by Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group to undertake PHB Planning with people and they developed a PHB Pathway. During the life of the project a total of 10 people engaged in the planning process, leading to the uptake of a PHB, the original plan had been for ten to fifteen people.

The publisher is All Together Positive.

Learning from Mental Health PHBs in Stockport © Shirley Dean, Doreen Roberts and Ian Roberts 2016.

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