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NHS: Finance

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what methodology his Department will use to assess the outcome of its individual budget pilots. (288889)

I refer the hon. Member to the response given on 15 July 2009, Official Report, column 537W.

The Department has specified what the evaluation of the pilots should look at, rather than prescribing a particular methodology. Researchers have been invited to submit proposals explaining how they would meet that specification. This is the Department’s normal approach. We are currently working to select an evaluation team and we hope to have one in place shortly.

The evaluation will cover five main areas: the effect on people’s health and wellbeing, behavioural change by both individuals and national health service staff, financial outcomes, effects on the wider NHS, and how personal health budgets are delivered.