Your health, your choice
Patients who are empowered and confident to take a lead role in their health and care will often experience better health outcomes and an improved experience of care. There are several ways in which we can help deliver a tailored health care service, including Personal Health Budgets and Individual Funding Requests.
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 individual, or their representative, and the local clinical commissioning group (CCG). Wakefield CCG offers a Personal Health Budget service for certain individuals, which enables people with long term conditions and disabilities to have greater choice and control over the care and support they receive. The individual receives the money directly to buy the care and support that they have decided they need, in agreement with their local NHS team. They have to show what the money has been spent on, but the individual, or their representative, buys and manages the services themselves.
Personal Health Budgets in action
Sabrina Archbold was born with cerebral palsy and is a recipient of a PHB. Sabrina uses her PHB to manage and pay for the care she needs. Part of the money is used to pay for a personal assistant to help Sabrina and provide support for her mum, Gillian, who is her primary carer. You can find out more about Sabrina’s story by watching the video below:
Personal Health Budgets are not available for all patients. All applications are assessed on an individual basis and will be eligibility is determined on need and criteria. To find out more about Personal Health Budgets in Wakefield, call 01924 317717.
Individual Funding Requests
Where a treatment or service is not routinely offered by the NHS, a healthcare professional may submit an Individual Funding Request (IFR) to NHS England. If your treating clinician thinks that you would benefit from an intervention that is not routinely funded by the CCG, they will submit an IFR for consideration. All IFRs are considered in a weekly panel meeting by experienced medical advisors and senior managers prior to a recommendation being made. If you have any queries about the IFR process, or would like to enquire about your own funding request, you can contact the IFR team on 01484 464438.
You can view the CCG's IFR policy here.