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