Personal Health Budgets
What is a Personal Health Budget?
A Personal Health Budget (PHB) is an amount of money which can be used to support an individual’s health and wellbeing needs. This is agreed between the individual and the NHS professionals involved in their care. We also have an offer for Personal Wheelchair Budgets through our wheelchair service.
PHBs are a tool to support personalised care and may be offered as part of the CCG’s focus on meeting a person’s individual needs. It is important to note that these budgets will not be available to all patients, and that Personal Health Budgets are targeted at those with complex health needs.
Personal Health Budgets have been shown to help people improve their health and wellbeing. They are just one way of providing more personalised support and have been found to be of particular benefit for people with complex needs, helping to reduce time in hospital and maintain independence.
How do I know if I’m eligible?
At the present time, children and adults who are in receipt of NHS Continuing Health Care or Continuing Care are eligible for Personal Health Budgets.
We are currently in the process of developing our Personal Health Budget offer for those eligible for Section 117 aftercare. In addition to this, we are willing to consider a Personal Health Budget for unmet health needs on an individual basis for those individuals with long term health conditions, learning disabilities, mental health conditions and autism.
How do I apply for a Personal Health Budget?
If you are eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare or Continuing Care you will be offered a Personal Health Budget when your eligibility is determined or when a review is undertaken.
If you are registered with a Hull GP and would like to discuss this further, please contact the Continuing Healthcare and Continuing Care Team at City Healthcare Partnership on 01482 344911.
More information about Continuing Healthcare or Continuing Care can be found on Hull City Council’s Local Offer website.
If you wish to discuss any other Personal Health Budget opportunities further, please contact us on 01482 344700 or emails us at HULLCCG.firstname.lastname@example.org
How are Personal Health Budgets managed?
Once eligibility has been determined, a care and support plan has been completed and a indicative budget agreed, a Personal Health Budget can be managed in one of four ways:
- Direct payments – where individuals receive the funds into a dedicated bank account to contract, purchase and manage services themselves. The designated bank account is to be separate from any personal bank account and used solely for the purpose of receiving agreed personal budget funds and making required payments associated with the support plan.
- Notional budget – an arrangement whereby the local authority, NHS, school or college holds the funds and commissions the support specified in the plan.
- Third party arrangements – where funds (direct payments) are paid to and managed by an individual or organisation on behalf of the parent, young person or adult for who the personal budget is identified for.
- A combination of the above.
More information about Personal Health Budgets can be found at www.england.nhs.uk/healthbudgets/ and https://www.chcpcic.org.uk/chcp-services/district-nursing-community-nursing