Personal health budgets were first introduced in April 2014, where adults eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare and children eligible for NHS Continuing Care had the ‘right to ask’ for a PHB. In October 2014, their rights changed to a ‘right to have’.
Personal health budgets can give people with long-term conditions and disabilities more control over the healthcare and support they receive. It allows you to plan and manage how you meet you health and wellbeing needs and outcomes, helping you to live well and as independently as possible.
Your care might come from the NHS, the private sector, or voluntary organisations – but it will be tailored to you, through discussions with your local NHS team.
From April 2016 people with learning disabilities and children with specialist educational needs should have the option of a PHB. Mid Essex CCG have developed their local offer for people with learning disabilities and children with specialist educational needs.
You can change your care provider or even employ a personal assistant.
These decisions can often be difficult to make, so there are a range of patient decision aids from the NHS to help discussions around planning your care. These can help you to think about which option is best for you.
Some people’s health plans will be very detailed but others will be much simpler. Once all the plans are drawn up, you will receive your personal health budget to organise the care that suits you best. The process will probably have followed this path.
Please get in touch with your GP, nurse, continuing healthcare team or a support worker if you would like some advice on personal health budgets.
NHS Choices also offers information on personal health budgets, and you can hear about people’s experiences of them in the videos below