What is a Personal Health Budget?
A Personal Health Budget (PHB) is an amount of money to support the identified healthcare and well-being needs of an individual.
PHBs enable patients with long-term conditions and disabilities to have greater choice and control over their healthcare and the support they receive. PHBs are built around a care plan and outcomes that are agreed with one or more health professionals.
How can a Personal Health Budget help?
Personal Health Budgets aim to give people greater choice, control and flexibility over their health and wellbeing needs by enabling them to work with a healthcare professional to identify the best treatment and services to meet their needs at a time and place that suits them. This can improve a person’s satisfaction, experience and outcomes.
Who can have a Personal Health Budget?
Since 1st October 2014 adults eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare and parents/carers of children and young people eligible for NHS Continuing Care have had the right to have a Personal Health Budget.
Extending the offer of Personal Health Budgets beyond NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS Continuing Care
Ashford CCG is committed to improving personalised care for patients. Over the next few years, we will be extending the offer of a personal health budget so more people can be included. We are currently working on a time line for this.
During 2016/17 Ashford CCG will start by extending the offer of a Personal Health Budget for some people in the following groups:
- Children with Special Education Needs and Disabilities
- Children with Learning Disabilities
As the extension of Personal Health Budgets beyond NHS Continuing Healthcare is a new area, it will take some time for us to understand how we can offer more people a budget. There is no additional money for Ashford CCG to deliver personal health budgets, and so we will need to look at new ways we can use the resources we have to extend the offer to everyone who wishes to have a personal health budget
How do I get more information about a Personal Health Budget?
NHS Ashford Clinical Commissioning Group 14 April 2016