CareHub has been formed to raise awareness of self-directed support services and offer a comprehensive one-stop-shop service across North Somerset for those people who opt to take on the responsibility of self-directing their own care and support or that of a family member by accepting a Personal or Health Budget.
Comments co-founder Zak “The Personalisation Agenda announced in 2007 and Personal or Health Budgets which have been around since the 90’s, were introduced to offer more choice and control to individuals receiving care services. Despite the number of years of their existence, they are still relatively unknown to most. They offer an alternative far more flexible and creative way of setting up and receiving services than traditional, ‘institutionalised’ pathways. We want to promote this pathway of flexible care and to empower individuals to create, develop and manage their own services.”
A Personal Budget is an agreed amount of money allocated to individuals by their local council or NHS (and other funding streams) following an assessment of their care and support needs. Traditionally, Local Authorities and NHS organisations would source these services on behalf of the person, alongside managing the set up and ongoing processes. Through this process an individual had little control on how this money was spent or choice on how to alter services should better alternatives be identified. Opting for a Personal Budget or Health Budget, allows the individual to make all the decisions and choices themselves. However, many of those choosing this option wind up struggling to deal with the complex and difficultresponsibilities that come with having to make every decision on the provision of care. Crucially, by opting to receive a Personal or Health Budget, the individual can choose to become an employer and employ their own personal assistants to meet their needs thus becoming responsible for the staff they employ including, their recruitment, training and ongoing supervision.
The launch of the CareHub aims to simplify all aspects of this by offering a one-stop-shop to employers and their staff. Delivering a clear and effective approach to ensuring Personal and Health Budgets are used wisely, effectively and compassionately.
Said Co-founder Tony Webber “These two types of budgets are a sensible idea in principle by “These two types of budgets are a sensible idea in principle by promoting flexibility, choice, control and quality of life. In practice however, they present a considerable learning curve, with little ongoing support, that all too often leads to confusion, stress, poor decisions and a sense of being overwhelmed.”
"We remove all of the confusion and stress, by offering clear information and materials which deliver a planned step-by-step approach to meet the agreed needs of each individual to the highest standards and over the long term including such needs as:
- Employer Support and Information
- PA recruitment and management
- Independent Support Brokers
- HMRC compliance
We will work in partnership with each individual and professionals to ensure the allocated budget is used in the most effective way and with CareHub there is only one contract, one management focus and one point of contact."