Personal Health Budgets

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Personal Health Budgets allow the NHS to work closer with individuals to meet their health and wellbeing needs in a personalised way. Southend CCG are working with people with long term conditions and their families; professionals working in Health, Social Care and Education; community and voluntary sector organisations and other local CCGs to offer PHBs to more people.

What is a personal health budget?

A personal health budget is an amount of money to support your identified health and wellbeing needs, planned and agreed between you and your local NHS team. The aim is to give people with long-term conditions and disabilities greater choice and control over the healthcare and support they receive.

Together with the NHS team supporting you, you will develop a care and support plan. The plan sets out your health and wellbeing needs, the health outcomes you want to achieve, the amount of money in the budget and how you are going to spend it. You can use a personal health budget to pay for a wide range of items and services, including therapies, personal care and equipment. This will allow you more choice and control over the health services and care you receive.

Southend CCG is committed to ensure that the local offer of Personal Health Budgets will not create inequalities for provision across the wider Essex populations.

Our local offer: Who can have a PHB?

Southend CCG continue to explore how Personal Health Budgets can be further developed to support people with long term conditions and complex health and wellbeing needs. The CCG is committed to sharing their learning with other CCGs and Local Authorities in surrounding areas.

  1. People eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) 
    People eligible for NHS CHC and receiving care in their own homes will have their CHC health and wellbeing needs met through a PHB. They will have the option of managing their PHB in one of the three management methods available (or a mix of them).

    For more information, contact us on 01702 212500

    Children and young people eligible for NHS Continuing Care
    Children and young people eligible for NHS Continuing Care can have their health and wellbeing needs met through a PHB. The CCG’s Continuing Care service works with professionals from Health, Social Care and Education to support children and young people and their families to put together a package of care to support them.

  2. Personal Wheelchair Budgets
    From the 2nd of December people who are eligible for an NHS provided wheelchair have a “legal right” to have a Personal Wheelchair Budget (PWB). A PWB will be offered to people when they are assessed or reviewed for a new wheelchair.

Can I have a personal health budget as well as a personal budget for social care and support?

Yes. If you already have a personal budget for care and support from social services and your NHS team agrees, you can also have a personal health budget and ask for both to be paid into the same account. 

Do I have to have a personal health budget?

No. If having a personal health budget does not work for you, your local NHS will provide the care you need as it has always done.

Even if you choose to have a personal health budget you don’t have to change any healthcare or support that is working well for you just because you.

There is more information about Personal Health budgets on the links below: