Personal Health budget

A patient and an nhs worker having a meeting
What is a Personal Health Budget?

A personal health budget (PHB) is an amount of NHS money to support the identified health and wellbeing needs of an individual, which is planned and agreed between the individual, or their representative, and their local clinical commissioning group (CCG). It isn't new money but a different way of spending health funding to meet the needs of an individual.

Personalisation of NHS Care

PHBs support the vision of a more personalised, patient-focussed NHS, and offer additional opportunities for individuals and health care professionals to work in partnership, making shared decisions and actively co-designing services and support.

A PHB will allow an individual to purchase services, support and activities to achieve their health and well-being outcomes agreed with the NHS

Who can have Personal Health Budget in Merton?

NHS Merton CCG has set out its offer of who can receive a PHB in a PHB Policy (July 2019). This confirms that the following groups have a right to have a PHB;

In line with Department of Health and Social Care guidance the right to have a PHB is being extended to the following groups from 2019-20;

  • People eligible for an NHS wheelchair
  • People who access after-care services under section 117 of the Mental Health Act.

In addition the Merton CCG offer highlights that the following groups have a right to ask for a PHB;

  • Adults aged 18 and over with learning disability, autism and/or mental health and behaviour that challenges living in a community setting who will benefit from having a PHB.
  • Children and young people (birth to 25) who may not be eligible for Continuing Care but have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan and could receive a PHB for the health element of their plan.

The CCG is developing processes and procedures to extend PHBs to these groups throughout 2019-20.

Merton Personal Health Budget Policy

The Merton CCG PHB Policy (July 2019) sets out the CCG offer for those who can receive a PHB in more detail.

It describes the criteria under which the Merton and Wandsworth CCGs will authorise a PHB through existing NHS funded services, Third Party arrangements or Direct Payments by balancing choice, risk, rights and responsibilities.

The policy outlines the practice and local procedures for implementing the CCG PHB programme in 2019-20 and beyond.

More details can be found in the Merton CCG Policy.

Further Information

Other places you can find helpful information on Personal Health Budgets:

NHS England

You can find lots of information about PHBs and how they are being introduced in England.

In Control

A charity and social enterprise which has played a very important role in the introduction of personal budgets and personal health budgets in England.

People Hub

A national organisation run by and for people with personal health budgets.  You can make contact with the network, and get in touch with other people with personal health budgets.

Find out more about continuing healthcare in Merton CCG.

Policies