A personal health budget (PHB) is an amount of money to support a person’s identified health and wellbeing needs, planned and agreed between the person and their local NHS Team. At the centre of the PHB is a care and support plan. This sets out the agreed health and wellbeing outcomes that the individual wants to achieve, and how the budget will be spent to help them.
The aim of a PHB is to give individuals more choice and control over the money spent on meeting their health and wellbeing needs.
PHBs support the vision of a more personalised and patient-focused NHS.
- Children & Young People (up to their 18th birthday) eligible for a Continuing Care package have the right to have a PHB.
- Children & Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) as part of their Educational Health and Care (EHC) plans are able to request a PHB. A PHB is this instance is likely to form part of their personal budget for Education, Health & Care.
- Children & Young People with complex health needs and long term conditions have the right to request a PHB.
A PHB can be spent on any care or services that are set out in the care and support plan that has been put together with the NHS Team. The plan then needs to be agreed by the CCG.
Support is available to think through how you would like to use the budget to meet your health and wellbeing needs and how to manage it.
Examples of how a PHB can be used include:
- Employing carers or PAs to support children & young people receiving a PHB.
- Paying for activities that help children & young people access in the community.
- Notional – you would find out how much money is available and how it could be spent to meet your child’s needs. No money changes hands.
- Third party – a different organisation holds the money for you.
- Direct payment – you hold the money directly to buy the things set out in your support plan. The CCG will need to see how the money is being spent in accordance with the plan.
It cannot be spent on anything that is illegal, alcohol, tobacco, gambling or debt repayment.
It cannot be used to buy Emergency Care - for example if someone in receipt of a personal health budget had an accident, they would go to A&E like everyone else - they would not use their personal health budget to arrange for example an x-ray or plaster a broken arm.
It also cannot buy Primary Care Services such as seeing a GP or Dental Treatment.
The first step is to talk to your NHS Professional about this or you can telephone Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group on 01902 442534. Alternatively, you can write to:
SEND Administrator (Quality Team)
NHS Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group
c/o Wolverhampton Science Park