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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 can ask the ICB to consider a request 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].
Last Updated: Monday 12th February 2024 - 10:09:am

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