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Personal health budgets

A personal health budget (PHB) is an amount of NHS money allocated to meet your health and wellbeing needs if you are eligible to receive it. You will be able to plan your care and use your budget to buy services and equipment that best meet your needs and help you maintain your independence.

Am I eligible?

Under NHS (Direct Payments) Regulations 2013, anyone in receipt of NHS continuing health care has the right to have a personal health budget. The amount of money you receive is based on an assessment of your needs.

Currently, adults eligible for Continuing Healthcare and children receiving Continuing Care are those eligible for a PHB. The CCG is committed to expanding PHBs and Integrated Personal Budgets (for health and social care) to other groups of patients. It is developing a Local Offer, setting out how we will achieve this over the next four years.   

What are the advantages of having a PHB?   

A personal health budget gives you more choice and control over the support you receive. It allows you to think of new ways to meet your health and wellbeing needs and provides greater flexibility over how and when you receive your care.

How does it work?

Firstly your health and wellbeing needs are assessed by your continuing healthcare team, to develop your care plan. This assessment is used to calculate how much money you need to support your health and wellbeing. You will be advised how much money you will receive, and your support worker will work with you and your carers to decide how best to use your personal health budget. Once a support plan is agreed by you and the CCG, your personal health budget will be confirmed and your plan implemented.

Further information

Find out more about personal health budgets from NHS England: www.england.nhs.uk/healthbudgets/understanding/faqs


16/05/2018