Personel Health Budget

Would I Qualify for a Personal Health Budget?

A Personal Health Budget (PHB) is an amount of money to support the identified healthcare and wellbeing needs of an individual, which is planned and agreed between the individual, or their representative, and the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
At the centre of a Personal Health Budget is the care and support plan. This plan helps people to identify their health and wellbeing goals, together with their local NHS team, and set out how the budget will be spent to enable them to reach their goals and keep healthy and safe.

Key points from the NHS:

  • The NHS care and support people receive should be safe and effective. It should be a positive experience.
  • Personal health budgets should help people who may not always get the best out of the NHS to get a better service, not make things worse.
  • They are optional. Nobody would be required to receive their healthcare in this way if they do not want to.
  • People should have as much control over decisions as they want.
  • If someone is not able to have a personal health budget, they can still speak to their local NHS team about how their needs can be met in another way that better suits their needs.

Personal health budgets are initially available for people who are eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare, who have had a 'right to have' a budget from October 2014. Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) can also offer personal health budgets to others that they feel may benefit from the additional flexibility and control. The NHS Mandate commits to a further roll out of personal health budgets to people who could benefit from April 2015.

Download guidance from the NHS on your right to have a Personal Health Budget here