Personal Health Budgets
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Stories from Health Professionals
Health colleagues including GPs, community nurses and care coordinators describe how personal health budgets have improved their patient’s lives.
David, from Nottingham, receives a personal health budget as a direct payment for health care. He has T5 paraplegia from the chest down, and needs dressings on his legs changed daily. David explains how, with his budget, he was able to arrange training for his personal assistants to do this. Their flexible schedule means he can go to work when he needs to instead of waiting for the district nurse, who now comes for a weekly check.
Personal Health Budget
A Personal Health Budget (PHB) is an amount of money to support the healthcare and wellbeing needs of an individual. This is planned and agreed between the individual, or their representative, and the local CCG. PHBs are a means by which an individual can be given more choice and control. It is not new money, but a different way of spending health funding to meet the needs of an individual.
Individuals who are eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare have had a right to have a PHB since October 2014. PHB standing rules require CCGs to provide people eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare with information about PHBs.
PHBs can be provided in three different ways, or in a combination of these ways:
a) a notional budget held by the commissioner
b) a budget managed on the individual’s behalf by a third party
c) a cash payment to the individual (a ‘direct payment’).
A wide variety of resources are available via the PHB pages of NHS England’s website. CCGs and local authorities are encouraged to work together with regard to the personalisation of care and support, in order to share expertise and develop arrangements that provide for smooth transfers of care where necessary.