Personal Health Budgets
A Personal Health Budget (PHB) is an amount of money to support a person’s identified health and wellbeing needs, the application of which is planned and agreed between the person, their representative or, in the case of children, their families and the CCG. It is not new money, but it is money that would normally have been spent by the NHS on the person’s care, used more flexibly to meet their identified needs.
If you have a PHB, you will be able to use it for a range of things to help you meet your health and wellbeing goals, for example therapies, personal care and equipment. You will not be able to pay for emergency hospital care and care you normally get from a GP. You are also not allowed to spend the money on gambling, debt repayment, alcohol or tobacco, or anything unlawful.
Adults who are eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) and children and young people eligible for NHS Continuing Care (CC) are entitled to a PHB.
For children and young people (birth to 25) with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), the PHB is likely to form part of their Personal Budget for their Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan.
Joint funded support and budgets for individuals that are eligible for both CCG and Social Care (Local Authority) funding.
In accordance with the aim for the NHS to deliver more personalised care across England, all packages of care at home for people assessed as eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare will be provided through a Personal Health Budget unless you ask us not to. Your option of how you would like to have your budget if eligible, will be discussed with you at your assessment.
What is a support plan?
A support plan sets out how you will use your personal health budget and must cover the following:
How much money will I receive?
A personal health budget can take three forms:
NHS Information Page on Personal Health Budgets - https://www.england.nhs.uk/personal-health-budgets/personal-health-budgets-in-nhs-continuing-healthcare/
NHS Personal Health Budget Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dc3GTLycZ5k&feature=emb_logo