Peoplehub is unique because it has its roots in three key strands:

  • We have direct experience of Personal Health Budgets or personalised care either as an individual or as a family carer.
  • We have developed an effective approach to co-production. Through our work, and with the commitment of NHSE to meaningful co-production, people with lived experience of long term health conditions and disabilities have played a key role in influencing national policy and the implementation of Personalised Care.
  • We work in partnership with the NHS. People with lived experience are integral to the NHSE Personalised Care Programme which recognises the importance of developing new models of care directly with people and communities.

This includes:

  • 2009: Membership of the Department of Health personal health budget pilot programme board.
  • 2011: Leading the development of the Department of Health personal health budget peer network.
  • 2014: Developing and delivering  the first ever personal health budget peer leadership Academy.
  • 2015: Membership of the Integrated Personal Commissioning Programme Board
  • 2015/17: Successfully applied to become a member of the Voluntary Sector Partnership with NHSE.
  • 2016: In partnership with NHSE, co-led a peer leadership Academy.
  • 2015/16: Enabled peer input to 5 Collaborative Development Working Groups
  • 2015/16: Contributed to the “co-production guide for personal health budgets and IPC” published on the NHSE website.
  • 2015/17. Enabled peer input to the Strategic Co-production Group and to a range of national events and conferences.
  • 2017/19: Successfully competed to hold and manage an NHSE grant for “Co-production to support personalised care”
  • 2018: Co-led with NHSE the highly successful “#myphbstory” event to connect more people with personal health budgets and to share the positive impact on people’s lives.
  • 2018: In partnership with NHSE, facilitated two more peer leadership Academies. We now have 65 peer leadership graduates and the strategic co-production group has grown in numbers, better to inform the broader policy context of personalised care.

We are working to develop good quality personal health budgets and personalised care by:

  • Enabling people with lived experience to participate in the strategic co-production  group of the Personalised Care Programme. The national strategic co-production group  works to ensure that what is offered through the Personalised Care programme is clear, empowering, outcomes focused, and makes sense to people; it balances system level priorities with what matters most to people.
  • Supporting people with lived experience to speak at national conferences
  • Writing and contributing to papers and reports on personal health budgets and personalised care
  • Using our learning from facilitating local personal health budget peer networks to inform the development of local co-production groups.
  • Creating and delivering tailored workshops on personal health budgets, co-production and personalised care.
  • Developing and co-delivering the personalised care peer leadership Academy.

Peoplehub network CIC has established itself as the credible voice of people with direct experience of personalised health services. We are therefore uniquely placed to continue influencing developments and implementation at a local and national level.

Who we are

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Rita K. Brewis

Rita BrewisRita has a life-long commitment to improving support across health and social care. At the heart of her work is the pivotal contribution of individuals and their families, integrated with the perspectives of professionals and commissioners. Her approach is to encourage developments which focus on the whole person in their social context – working with people’s strengths and skills as well as addressing health or social care needs. She is therefore particularly pleased to have been invited to be a co-founder of Peoplehub.

Rita has worked independently for several years and also in Local Authority, Voluntary Sector and Health Service settings; including as a Director of Mental Health Commissioning, Senior Service Development Consultant for the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health and as an Approved Social Worker.

(Rita’s qualifications include an MSc in Social Policy and Social Work Studies, a Professional Qualification in Social Work, a BA (hons) in Psychology and English, and a post-graduate Certificate in Management.)