From April 2014, people with significant health needs and who are eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare can request their NHS team to provide their care through a personal health budget. Personal health budgets allow people to exercise more independence about how their healthcare money is spent; giving them more choice and discretion about whether this is allocated, for example, towards carers providing help at home, obtaining equipment to improve quality of life or therapies including counselling.
“A personal health budget is an amount of NHS money available to some people with long term conditions to meet their healthcare and wellbeing needs. People design and agree a plan with their healthcare team that shows how they will use the budget to meet their goals, which could include therapies, personal care and equipment. The budgets can be managed in the form of a notional budget, direct payments or a third-party arrangement”.
Right to ‘ask’ for personal health budgets begins. London: NHS England, April 1st 2014.