Personal Health Budgets
A personal health budget is an amount of money provided by the NHS to support you to meet your identified health and wellbeing needs. The aim is to give people with long-term conditions and disabilities greater choice and control over the healthcare and support they receive.
Personal health budgets work in a similar way to the personal budgets that many people are already using to manage and pay for their social care via the Local Authority.
How do I get a Personal Health Budget?
At the moment only individuals with long term health conditions and disabilities who qualify for NHS (Continuing Health Care) funding can apply for a Personal Health Budget.
If you think that you might qualify talk to your GP or health professional. They will be able to give you information about the assessment process and whether you might qualify.
If you would like advice on the process, we are here to help. Call Paula on 020 8831 6088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To hear about the experience of Personal Health Budgets recipients and their carers and families visit the People Hub Website.
Planning your support:
Once you have approval of funding, you will need to develop a support plan. The plan sets out your personal health and wellbeing needs, the health outcomes you want to achieve, your budget and how you are going to spend it.
You can use a Personal Health Budget to pay for a wide range of items and services, including therapies, personal care and equipment. This will allow you more choice and control over the health services and care you receive.
Paula (Independent Living Advisor) can help you to:
- Navigate the Personal Health Budget process
- Plan the support you need
- Work out the budget breakdown
- Identify appropriate providers
- Recruit Personal Care Assistants
- Organise training, insurance, payroll etc
- Manage your Personal Health Budget
For further information, call Paula on 020 8831 6088 or email: Paulabuckton@ruils.co.uk.