Personal Health Budgets

What is a personal health budget?

A personal health budget is an amount of money that can be given directly to a person receiving NHS care to allow them to purchase care that is tailored to their individual needs.

The allocation of this budget is agreed between the individual and their healthcare team, based upon a detailed care and support plan which identifies both healthcare and wellbeing outcomes.

Who can have a personal health budget?

At the present time, children and adults who are in receipt of NHS Continuing Health Care or Continuing Care are eligible for Personal Health Budgets.

We are looking to develop our Personal Health Budget offers for those eligible for Section 117 aftercare and Personal Wheelchair Budgets.

How will it help me?

We believe everything we do should focus on people’s individual health and wellbeing needs. That’s why wherever possible we are trying to personalise the things we do.

Many people have said that by using a personal health budget, they have more flexibility, choice and control over how money gets spent on their care and support and makes them feel more involved and more positive. A personal health budget enables you to work with a healthcare professional to prioritise the care needs that are important to you and create a care plan that reflects your own personal health and social goals.

How are Personal Health Budgets Managed?

Once eligibility has been determined, a care and support plan has been completed and a indicative budget agreed, a Personal Health Budget can be managed in a number of ways:

  • Notional personal health budget – this means the appropriate organisation (e.g. NHS, local authority, education etc.) holds the funds and will buy the services you need directly from the service provider
  • 3rd party personal health budget – this means the money is passed on to an individual or organisation you know, who then arranges your care for you (as agreed and described in your Care and Support Plan)
  • Direct payment – this means the money is passed directly to you, and you can organise your own care (as agreed and described in your Care and Support Plan)

How do I apply for a Personal Health Budget?

If you are eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare or Continuing Care you will be offered a Personal Health Budget when your eligibility is determined or when a review is undertaken.

If you are registered with a North East Hampshire and Farnham GP and would like to discuss this further, please contact the Continuing Healthcare and Continuing Care Team.

If you wish to discuss any other Personal Health Budget opportunities further, please contact us at NEHFCCG.public@nhs.net.

More information about Personal Health Budgets can be found at www.england.nhs.uk/healthbudgets/.

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