Personal Health Budgets – what’s happening

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Article date
10 November 2016
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Health

“Personal health budgets (PHBs) are one way to give people with long term health conditions and disabilities more choice and control over the money spent on meeting their health and wellbeing needs.

A personal health budget is an amount of money to support the identified healthcare and wellbeing needs of an individual, which is planned and agreed between the individual, or their representative, and the 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.” (from Understanding Personal Health Budgets)

“Adults who are eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare and children in receipt of continuing care have had a right to have a personal health budget since October 2014. Since April 2015, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have been looking at expanding their local personal health budget offer to others who could benefit.” from Further Rollout of Personal Health Budgets)

Voluntary Voices, a partnership between NAVCA, National Voices and Volunteering Matters, has been commissioned by NHS England to develop regional networks for voluntary and community organisations to get involved in the roll out of PHBs.

There were some really useful speakers at the initial meeting of the Network for this area including Colin from Peoplehub, whose father was one of the first recipients of a PHB. Colin told us of the real benefits to his father and family of managing the budget to buy the most effective care and support to meet his needs.

Each CCG is required to publish a “local offer” including clear guidance on eligibility. As yet, the local offer for the Berkshire West CCGs is not published. Have a look at the local offer for West Sussex  

VCOs could be involved with PHBs in a variety of ways including:

  • Direct delivery of services to someone with a PHB
  • Support to manage a PHB
  • Support planning
  • Information, advice and guidance for PHB recipients

RVA will be offering to support the CCGs in the development  and delivery of PHBs locally, and will keep you updated.  If you have any queries, please contact Sarah Morland