A Personal Health Budget (PHB) is an amount of money paid to an individual by the NHS to help them manage their care in a way that suits them. Those eligible for a PHB will be able to use their budget to support their identified health and wellbeing needs, planned and agreed between them and their local NHS team.
At the centre of the PHB is a care plan. This sets out the agreed health and wellbeing outcomes that they want to achieve and how the budget will be spent to help the individual.
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1) What is a Personal Health Budget?
2) Who is it for?
3) How does it work and what is the process?
4) What can the Personal Health Budget be spent on?
5) What is different from the original NHS services?
6) Key outcomes and benefits?
7) What happens next?
8) Contact information
What is the aim of Personal Health Budgets?
The aim of a PHB is to give individuals more choice and control over the money spent on meeting their health and wellbeing needs.
This means that individuals select treatments and services that meet their needs in a way that is most appropriate to them, different ways of managing their long term conditions.
The vision for PHBs is to enable people with long term conditions and disabilities to have greater choice, flexibility and control over the healthcare and support they receive. PHBs are one way of helping people to be more involved in discussions and decisions about their care.
Who is eligible for a Personal Health Budget?
Individuals eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare, including children and young people, have the right to a PHB.
In line withnational guidance NHS Nene CCG and NHS Corby CCG are planning to extend their offer of PHBs to more people with long term conditions in Northamptonshire, where they could benefit from having more control over their care.
How are Personal Health Budgets managed?
Once a personal care plan has been agreed, the money in a personal health budget can be managed in three different ways:
Direct payments:The money is transferred directly to the individual, and they buy the goods and services agreed in their care plan.
A notional budget:The NHS holds the money, and buys or provides the goods and services the individual has chosen.
A budget held by a third-party:An organisation legally independent of the individual and the NHS holds the money on their behalf, and buys or provides the goods and services chosen.
Who to talk to about getting a Personal Health Budget
Individuals should in the first instance, talk to their local NHS team who help them most often with their care - this might be a care manager, or a GP. They will be able to offer help and advice with personal health budgets.
Even if a personal health budget is not appropriate, they will be able to talk through other ways to make sure someone gets the healthcare and support they need.
For further information please contact Sarahlee Richards, Northamptonshire Personal Health Budget Project Lead on Sarahlee.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01604 651163.