Personal Health Budget
Personal Health Budgets (PHB) are a way of offering people more choice, flexibility and control over the care and support they receive from the NHS
Personal Health Budgets (PHB) are a way of offering people more choice, flexibility and control over the care and support they receive from the NHS. A Personal Health Budget is an amount of money paid to an individual by the NHS to support their health and wellbeing needs.
A PHB is a way of personalising care, based around what matters to each person and their individual strengths. They are provided by freeing up money from existing services in order to provide a sum of money to an individual to meet their health care needs in a different way.
A PHB gives people more control over where NHS money is spent to meet their health and care needs. Everyone in Northamptonshire has a stake in the county’s health and care services so it is important to allow our community to select the most appropriate treatments for them.
Our vision for PHBs is to enable people with long term conditions and disabilities to have greater choice, flexibility and control over the healthcare and support they receive.
Healthcare professionals work with patients to develop a PHB care plan. The plan outlines how the budget will be spent to help the individual better manage their care.
Once a personal care plan has been agreed, the NHS money in a Personal Health Budget can be managed in three different ways:
People eligible for a PHB are:
Individuals who do not fit into one of these groups can request a PHB by speaking to their GP.
Individuals should talk to their local NHS team or GP to apply for a PHB. Care managers and GPs can offer professional advice and help with PHBs.
Even if a personal health budget is not appropriate, healthcare professionals can offer other options to make sure every individual gets the care and support they need.
To find out more contact the PHB team on firstname.lastname@example.org