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Evaluation of Mental Health Personal Health Budgets

NDTi were commissioned in November 2018 to fulfil the qualitative aspect of the Mental Health Personal Health Budgets work for NHSE.

NDTi are undertaking a qualitative evaluation across sites participating in an NHSE evaluation of Mental Health Personal Health Budgets. This work will complement the quantitative work being undertaken by the NHSE Evidence Unit.

NDTi will be working with two sites (Hackney and Birmingham) to collect data from individual budget holders and staff in order to explore:

  • the experience of staff in managing and supporting the delivery of PHBs
  • the impact of receiving a PHB for budget holders       

We are taking a realist evaluation approach in order to find out what works, for whom, why and in what circumstances. Experts by Experience are working with us to develop the topic guides for the interviews with staff and budget holders and to advise us on working flexibly and sensitively with individuals in the sites.

We are hoping to graphically capture people’s journeys in terms of how the PHB has worked for them and what outcomes it has led to. These stories will be shared via social media throughout the duration of the evaluation project. 

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