What is a Personal Health Budget?
A personal health budget (PHB) is an amount of NHS money to support the identified health and wellbeing needs of an individual, which is planned and agreed between the individual, or their representative, and their local clinical commissioning group (CCG). It isn't new money but a different way of spending health funding to meet the needs of an individual.
Personalisation of NHS Care
PHBs support the vision of a more personalised, patient-focussed NHS, and offer additional opportunities for individuals and health care professionals to work in partnership, making shared decisions and actively co-designing services and support.
A PHB will allow an individual to purchase services, support and activities to achieve their health and well-being outcomes agreed with the NHS
Who can have a Personal Health Budget in Derby & Derbyshire?
NHS Derby & Derbyshire confirms that the following groups have a right to have a PHB:
- Adults eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare
- Children and young people eligible for NHS Continuing Care
- People eligible for an NHS wheelchair
In line with Department of Health and Social Care guidance the right to have a PHB is being extended to the following group during 2021/2022:
- People who access after-care services under section 117 of the Mental Health Act.
In addition the following groups have a right to ask for a PHB:
- Adults aged 18 and over with learning disability, autism and/or mental health and behaviour that challenges living in a community setting who will benefit from having a PHB.
- Children and young people (birth to 25) who may not be eligible for Continuing Care but have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan and could receive a PHB for the health element of their plan[MN(EC2] .
The CCG is developing processes and procedures to extend PHBs to these groups throughout 2021-22.