Personal Health Budgets

Personalised care through Personalised Health Budgets

A Personal Health Budget (PHB) is a way 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 local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (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 North Lincolnshire CCG currently offers Personal Health Budgets to people who are eligible for Continuing Healthcare.

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 eligibility will be based on need and criteria.

Further information is available on the NHS England website here, or you can contact your local Continuing Healthcare Team.