Personal Health Budgets

A Personal Health Budget (PHB) is a method of giving people more choice and control over the type of care they have and how it is arranged. A PHB is an amount of money to support a person’s identified healthcare and wellbeing needs, which is planned and agreed between the person, or their representative, and the CCG.

 

At the centre of a PHB is the support plan. This plan helps the person decide their health and wellbeing goals, together with the CCG who offer support and guidance, and set out how the budget will be spent.

 

A PHB can take several forms. It can be a direct payment to a person, so they can employ their own staff directly. It can be a payment made to a person acting on their behalf, who arranges care for them, or it can be paid to a third party organisation to make these arrangements. It can also be a ‘notional' budget, where the care is still arranged for the person by the CCG, based on an agreed sum of money.

 

NHS Wakefield CCG currently offers PHBs to people who are eligible for CHC, who are receiving a package of care in their own home, and for children eligible for Continuing Care. If you would like further information about PHBS for adults eligible for CHC, then please call the CHC team on: 01924 315705.

 

For further information about PHBs for children who are eligible for Continuing Care, please contact the CHC team or visit the NHS England website here.

 

How can people apply for a personal health budget?

A PHB is not open to all patient groups. You can apply for a PHB in a number of different ways. All applications will be assessed on an individual basis and will be eligible on need and criteria

 

Further information is available on the NHS England website here.