Personal health budgets are being introduced by the NHS to help people manage their care in a way that suits them. They have been piloted in a number of places across England and since October 2014, adults receiving NHS Continuing Healthcare and children in receipt of continuing care have had a right to have a personal health budget.
What is a personal health budget?
A personal health budget is an amount of money to support your identified health and wellbeing needs, planned and agreed between you and your local NHS team. The aim is to give people with long-term conditions and disabilities greater choice and control over the healthcare and support they receive.
Together with your NHS team (such as a GP) you will develop a care plan. The plan sets out your personal health and wellbeing needs, the health outcomes you want to achieve, the amount of money in the budget and how you are going to spend it. You can use a personal health budget to pay for a wide range of items and services, including therapies, personal care and equipment. This will allow you more choice and control over the health services and care you receive.
You don’t have to change any healthcare or support that is working well for you just because you get a personal health budget.
Who can have a personal health budget?
The first group to be able to have a personal health budget are adults getting NHS Continuing Healthcare, which is NHS-funded long-term health and personal care provided outside hospital. Children who are eligible for continuing care also have a right to have a personal health budget.
If you are eligible for NHS-funded Continuing Healthcare and would like to find out more, contact:
01268 464550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local NHS organisations will be free to offer personal health budgets to other people if they think an individual will benefit. It is the government’s long-term aim, to introduce a right to a personal health budget for people who would benefit from it.
From October, NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG will be interested to explore individual requests for PHB. For more information, please email email@example.com.
Can I have a personal health budget as well as a personal budget for social care and support?
Yes. If you already have a personal budget for care and support from social services and your NHS team agrees, you can also have a personal health budget and ask for both to be paid into the same account. click here to contact Essex County Council Social Care department.
Do I have to have a personal health budget?
No. If having a personal health budget does not work for you, your local NHS will provide the care you need as it has always done.
For more information about Personal Health budgets click on the links below:
- Personal Health Budgets leaflet
The local offer
Castle Point & Rochford CCG is committed to ensure that the local introduction for Personal Health Budgets will not create inequalities for provision across the wider Essex CCG or Local Authority populations.
For this first pilot year, Castle Point & Rochford CCG will share PHB outcomes with fellow Essex CCGs and Essex Local Authorities in order to benefit from each other’s learning, with a view to commencing similar successful schemes to minimise the risk of inequality of provision across the Essex area.
- People eligible for CHC
The CCG will continue to promote people in receipt of NHS funded care packages, to be able to explore the opportunities provided by a Personal Health Budget.
- Children eligible for Continuing Care
The CCG will continue to promote children in receipt of Continuing Care packages, to be able to explore the opportunities provided by a Personal Health Budget.
- Adults in receipt of NHS services whose care needs appear to be unmet through current services
The CCG will commence discussions about PHB opportunities, with those people who have the highest number of multiple unplanned hospital admissions within the previous 12 months. This will not be affected by diagnosis or prognosis.
- Children in receipt of NHS services whose care needs appear to be unmet through current services
The CCG will commence discussions about PHB opportunities, with those children and their families, with the highest number of unplanned hospital admissions within the previous 12 months. This will not be affected by diagnosis or prognosis.
- People assessed as requiring Continence Products
The CCG will provide the opportunity for people with assessed continence needs to use a PHB to purchase continence products of their own choosing, instead of receiving products provided via the continence service.