Personal Health Budgets

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Personal Health Budgets

Personal Health Budgets (PHBs) are a way to give people with long term health conditions and disabilities more choice and control over their healthcare.

In agreement with their local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) an individual or their representative is allocated an amount of money to support their identified healthcare and wellbeing needs. This is not an additional amount of money but simply a different way of spending the money already provided.  

This change was introduced from 1 October 2014 and the following patients were initially eligible:

  • adults who are eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare
  • children and young people who are eligible for NHS Continuing Care

However from April 2015 CCGs have been looking to expand their local PHB offer and the NHS has made a commitment that 50,000 to 100,000 people will have a Personal Health Budget or an integrated personal budget.

NHS Southend Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

NHS Southend CCG is committed to expanding and developing Personal Health Budgets further - our medium to long term intention is that any individual entitled to NHS services will ultimately have the option. This includes children with special educational needs and disabilities, individuals with long term conditions and individuals with mental health or learning disability health needs.

Throughout 2015/2016 we have considered how to actively promote the use of Personal Health Budgets and plan to develop a number of pilot projects within learning disabilities, children with special educational needs and mental health provision. We have also reviewed our current PHB operational policy and procedures to ensure any PHB is designed to bring about an improvement in the health and well-being of the individual concerned.

The PHB Offer in Southend

NHS Southend CCG is committed to providing Personal Health Budgets to those individuals who will benefit and are currently receiving funding for adult CHC funding and Childrens Continuing Care, children with special educational needs and disabilities and adults and children with learning disabilities. Our eligibility criteria is as follows:

  • Adults and children who are eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare will continue to have the ‘right to have’ a personal health budget based on their care plan and following consideration of cost effectiveness.
  • Adults and children with learning disabilities, adults and children with learning disabilities and autism and adults and children with learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges living in the community who will benefit from having a personal health budget will have a ‘right to ask’ for a personal health budget.
  • Children with special educational needs and disabilities will have a ‘right to ask’ for a personal health budget.

A personal health budget can be requested by:

  • Patients and/or carers
  • A professional who has identified the benefit of a personal health budget following a comprehensive checklist assessment.

We use an external service to administer all PHBs. To find out more information please contact Paul Taylor, Programme Director for Continuing Healthcare.