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.
The NHS wants to make it easier for people to get the NHS care which best suits them. Having a personal health budget is one way in which we think that we can achieve this.
It’s not new money, but is money that would normally be spent by the NHS on the person’s care being used more flexibly to meet their needs. The person chooses treatments and services which meet their needs in the most appropriate way for them.
Having a personal health budget does not entitle someone to more services, more expensive services, or preferential access to NHS services.
No one will be made to get their services through a personal health budget if they do not want to.
What can I use a PHB for?
You can use a personal health budget for a range of things to help you meet your health and wellbeing goals, for example personal care and equipment. You will still get free access to emergency care and the care you normally get from your GP. However, you cannot use personal health budgets to pay debts, gamble or to buy alcohol, tobacco or anything illegal.
Who is eligible for a PHB?
From 1 October 2014 people who are eligible for NHS continuing health care, including children and young people, have had the right to have a personal health budget. Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) is currently offering them to adults in receipt of NHS continuing healthcare and children in receipt of continuing care.
In children’s continuing care the PHB process works with the Education, Health and Care Plan process. Your PHB will be part of a wider package involving support from education and in most cases children’s social care.
Who might be able to have a PHB in the future?
OCCG has been looking at who else in the local area could benefit from having care delivered through a PHB. Work has started with a number of organisations, including Oxfordshire County Council, health providers, patients and their carers to understand how widening the local PHB offer will benefit people and the processes that we need to put in place.
We will publish further details of the future developments of our Local Offer in due course, including new groups of individuals who may be eligible and how they can apply. This work will go on during 2016/17 and beyond.
Where can I get more information?
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