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Direct payments for health care

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    3 August 2010

Health Act 2009

Primary care trusts are already able to offer personal health budgets that do not involve giving money directly to individuals. The Health Act – which received Royal Assent on 12 November 2009 – will extend these options by allowing selected primary care trust sites to pilot direct payments. This is part of the wider pilot programme to explore personal health budgets announced in High Quality Care For All.

Regulations and information

The Department of Health held a consultation on direct payments for health care and on 29 March 2010, the formal response was published.

Regulations to allow direct payments for health care in pilot sites (under new powers in the Health Act 2009) came into force on 1 June 2010. These regulations will allow direct payments in pilot schemes approved by the Secretary of State.

This document is to assist primary care trusts to meet the requirements of direct payments. It is written to reflect the requirements in the National Health Service (Direct Payments) Regulations 2010. It also includes some ideas and information about best practice when delivering direct payments.

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Power to the people

Contact us (opens new window)

The personal health budgets team is working with a wide range of people to develop the programme. We want to hear from anyone who would like to share their experiences in this area and get involved. You can get in touch via the mailbox:

Learning network (opens new window)

Visit our online Learning Network for people involved in the pilots, and anyone who is interested in contributing to the development of personal health budgets.

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