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). In line with current legislation Personal Health Budgets (PHB) are available for children and young people aged between 0 and 18 who have complex health needs and who are eligible for continuing health care funding have the ‘right to have’ a PHB.
PHBs are a key part of the national personalisation agenda, which aims to put individuals firmly in the driving seat of building a system of care and support that serves their needs. For families, this allows them to make key decisions about who cares for their child, when and how.
How do I spend the Personal Health Budget?
You can spend the budget on care or services which help you to meet the health and wellbeing needs and outcomes identified and agreed through your support plan and with your healthcare assessor.
•A carer chosen by you and your child who may come from an agency or be employed directly by you;
•Ways of promoting changes to your child’s lifestyle such as social and leisure activities, and
•You may be able to increase the options for you and your informal carer in having respite a break.
Your healthcare assessor will discuss with you other options that maybe appropriate for your child’s needs.
A personal health budget can be held as:
•a notional budget;
•a third party arrangement or;
•as a direct payment.
For more information please read the Walsall CCG PHB booklet