What is a Personal Health Budget?
A personal health budget (PHB) is an amount of NHS money to support the identified health and well-being needs of an individual, which is planned and agreed between the individual, or their representative, and their local Integrated Care Board (ICB). 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].