Personal Health Budgets
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 person, or their representative, and the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). At the core of the Personal Health Budget is the person’s care and support plan which is used to identify health and wellbeing goals together with their NHS team. The care and support plan sets out how the budget will be spent to enable them to achieve their goals and keep healthy and safe.
Personal Health Budgets are initially available to people who are eligible under NHS Continuing Healthcare and who have had a “right to ask” for a budget since April 2014. From October 2014 those people will have a “right to have” a budget. From April 2015 the NHS will roll out the scheme to other people who could benefit but the criteria for that have not been announced at this time.
The aim of a Personal Health Budget is to give people more choice and control over the money that is spent on their health and wellbeing needs. Such a budget will enable individuals to select appropriate treatments and services that meet their particular requirements.
When applying for a Personal Health Budget the first point of call is the local NHS team who are most involved with an person's care such as a Care Manager or their GP. This is where GAD can help as you start along the process to help plan and arrange care support. The service is completely free to people currently receiving Continuing Healthcare or a Personal Health Budget.
GAD is able to provide one to one advocacy, advice and support for people who are interested in applying under the scheme.
If you would like some assistance applying for a Personal Health Budget please contact:
Alan Kerr by telephoning 020 8305 2221 or email: CCC@gad.org.uk