Personal Health Budgets

Personal Health Budgets

Picture of NHS Money known as a personal health budget.If you are assessed as needing Continuing Health Care (CHC)  you may be eligible for your own personal health budget that will enable you to have more choice about your health care.

A personal health budget is an amount of money to support an individual’s identified health and wellbeing needs.  Money from a personal health budget is not additional money, it is money that would normally be used by the National Health Service (NHS) to pay for your care.  A personal health budget allows you to spend the money more flexibly to meet your own needs.

 

Picture of two people meeting together at a table and making notesYou and your representative will plan carefully how the money from a personal health budget will be spent so that you receive the right care for you.

There are rules about who can receive Personal Health Budgets and they are not available to everyone.

At present, the following types of people are eligible to have a personal health budget:

 

 

Picture of man in wheelchair holding a tick sign– All people with learning disabilities who receive personal care and support services at home, known as domiciliary care who are eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC)  – including children and young people eligible for Continuing Care (CC).

 

 

 

 

Money managed by North Somerset Council.Individuals are eligible to ask for a personal health budget in the following circumstances:

– In cases where NHS Continuing Healthcare funding ends where an individual has fluctuating conditions and the individual was receiving a Personal Health Budget, the ‘right to have’ turns into a ‘right to ask’ for a Personal Health Budget in order to continue the delivery of health/care services where North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group considers this appropriate.

 

 

Picture of teenagers to represent transitions or pathways to adulthood– Where a child or young person is eligible for Continuing Care and is accessing this via a Personal Health Budget, reaches seventeen and is found not eligible for Continuing Healthcare, the ‘right to have’ converts to a ‘right to ask’ for a Personal Health Budget in order to continue the delivery of health/care services where North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group considers this appropriate.

 

 

Picture of individual with team of health and social care professionals– From 1 April 2015, those with long term conditions (including mental health conditions) have the right to ask for a Personal Health Budget.

 

More information is available from the North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (NS CCG) and from your health or social care professional.