What are personal health budgets?

A personal health budget is an amount of money to support your health and wellbeing needs, which is planned and agreed between you (or someone who represents you), and your local NHS team. It is not new money, but it may mean spending money differently so that you can get the care that you need.

A personal health budget allows you to manage your healthcare and support such as treatments, equipment and personal care, in a way that suits you.

The right to have a personal health budget only applies to adults receiving NHS continuing healthcare (NHS-funded long-term health and personal care provided outside hospital) and children in receipt of continuing care. 

At the centre of your personal health budget is your care plan. This plan helps you decide your health and wellbeing goals, together with the local NHS team who support you, and set out how your budget will be spent to enable you to reach them and keep healthy and safe.

If you have a personal health budget, you will be able to use it for a range of things to help you meet your goals, for example therapies, personal care and equipment. You will not be able to pay for emergency care and care you normally get from a family doctor. You are also not allowed to spend the money on gambling, debt repayment, alcohol or tobacco, or anything unlawful.

There will be an assessment of your care needs to establish what support you will need and how this can be arranged.

Who can have a personal health budget?

The first group to be able to ask for a personal health budget, from April 2014, will be people getting NHS Continuing Healthcare, which is NHS-funded long term health and personal care provided outside hospital. Local NHS organisations will be free to offer personal health budgets to other people they think will benefit.

During 2016/17 Salford CCG will consider options for offering personal health budgets to other groups.

What do I do if I want a personal health budget?

Talk to your local NHS team who help you most often with your care - this might be a care manager, or your GP - and they will discuss personal health budgets with you. Even if a personal health budget is not right for you, you can talk to them about other ways to make sure that you get the healthcare and support that works best for you.

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If you want to share experiences, advice and support with other people who have a personal health budget, their carers and families, you can visit the peoplehub website