Got a long-term health condition? Find out how to take greater control of your healthcare

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From 1 July 2022, Clinical Commissioning Groups will be cease to exist. Commissioning functions and information that has been previously held by East and North Hertfordshire CCG is transferring to the new NHS Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care Board (HWEICB) on 1 July 2022.

HWEICB will become the new data controller. Any questions about the use of data (including patient data) by the new ICB should be directed to hertsvalleysccg.hwecorporategovernance@nhs.net 

There are no changes to how local residents access NHS frontline services in Hertfordshire and West Essex as part of these changes.

Got a long-term health condition? Find out how to take greater control of your healthcare

Over 500,000 people living in Hertfordshire (1) are believed to have one or more long-term health conditions such as diabetes, breathing difficulties or arthritis.

The NHS funds and arranges the care that people with these illnesses or conditions need to have a good quality of life – whether that’s physiotherapy or providing much needed respite care for their carers.

Personal health budgets are one way of giving people with long term health conditions choice and control over how NHS money for their health care is spent.  A personal health budget helps people to have more flexibility over what services they receive and who delivers them.

In Hertfordshire, there are plans to encourage more people with long term health conditions to have a personal health budget. These budgets have already been shown to improve people’s quality of life and are helping people to feel more involved in planning how best to meet their health and wellbeing needs.

An open day is being held on Thursday 25 February from 10am to 4pm at The Focolare Centre, 69 Parkway, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6JG for anyone interested in finding out more about the opportunities that personal health budgets offer for eligible residents. The day will enable people living in Hertfordshire, health professionals and members of the voluntary sector to help plan and ensure more people can benefit from the scheme. There will be presentations from NHS staff, people who already have a personal health budget and staff who provide health or support services to people with personal health budgets.

Dr Steve Kite, a GP board member, East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, explains how these budgets are already helping some people in Hertfordshire:

“Some people are happy for the NHS to arrange their healthcare but some people  prefer to have more say and take responsibility for how and when they get the health services they need.

“A personal health budget is an allocation of NHS money which is given to an individual who needs extra support to manage their health condition, so that they can buy services that will enable them to improve their health and wellbeing. For example this could include paying for extra physiotherapy sessions or employing a personal assistant instead of being cared for by agency staff.”

To book your place on the open day please email engagement@enhertsccg.nhs.uk or call 01707 367 210.

There are currently 40 people meeting their needs through a personal health budget across Hertfordshire. Currently, to be eligible for a personal health budget you must also be receiving funding for Continuing Healthcare, that is free care for people who are not in hospital that is arranged and funded by the NHS. The NHS in Hertfordshire is now looking to extend the eligibility criteria so that more people with a long term health condition can benefit and have more control over their lives.

  1. The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment for Hertfordshire said that ‘National research suggests that over 500,000 people or 42.2% of the Hertfordshire population are likely to have one or more long term condition.’

http://jsna.hertslis.org/top/discondis/lomgtermcon/