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Personal health budgets

A personal health budget (PHB) is an amount of money to support a person’s identified health and wellbeing needs, planned and agreed between the person and their local NHS team.

At the centre of the personal health budget is a care and support plan. This sets out the agreed health and wellbeing outcomes that the patient wants to achieve and how the budget will be spent to help the individual

The aim of a personal health budget is to give individuals more choice and control over the money spent on meeting their health and wellbeing needs.

PHB’s support the vision of a more personalised, patient-focused NHS.

NHS England's website has more information and advice about the scheme.

NHS England

What’s the difference between a personal budget and a personal health budget?

  • personal budget is means-tested and is provided by your local council for social care. A large number of people with care needs receive a direct payment for this.
  • personal health budget is not means-tested and is provided by the NHS for healthcare. Personal health budgets have recently been introduced by Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
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An introduction to personal health budgets

(For people age 18 and over)

Who can have a personal health budget?

Adults who are eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) and children and young people eligible for NHS Continuing Care (CC) are entitled to a personal health budget. Bristol CCG and its partners will also be trailing personal health budgets beyond these groups of people through our involvement with the South West Integrated Personal Commissioning Programme. 

Who can have a personal health budget

Integrated Personal Commissioning 

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Co-production and changing the conversation

One of the central aims of personal health budgets is to enable people to play an active role in managing their health.

This can also be described as co-production - working together with health professionals as an equal partner, deciding together how best to achieve goals.

This may lead to people using their budgets in innovative ways rather than relying on services that the NHS would normally provide.

In order to enable people to play an active role in managing their health this requires a change in conversation.

Personal health budgets see people:

  • as “whole” people not only as one “broken part”
  • in their whole life context - as part of a family and community; and
  • as unique individuals with strengths as well as weaknesses. 

Read about Personal Health Budgets on the NHS England website

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All about personal health budgets

This easy to read leaflet talks about personal health budgets and tells you

  • what a personal health budget is
  • why we think they could help people
  • how some people use their personal health budget
  • how to find out more

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My personal health budget journey

This leaflet has been designed to help explain the personal health budget application process

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Personal Health Budgets for children and young people

A personal health budget is an amount of money to support your child’s identified health and wellbeing needs, planned and agreed between you and your local NHS team.

More information:

For Adults (18 and over) contact:

Jessica Harris
CHC Programme Support Manager (PHB Lead)
Ttel: 0117 900 2283
Email: jessica.harris@bristolccg.nhs.uk

For children and young people (under 18) contact:

Children's Continuing Care Team
Tel: 0117 984 1656
Email: childrenscontinuingcarebristol@nhs.net 

PHB stories 
Visit the NHS Choices website if you are interested in hearing about stories from service users and healthcare professionals who were involved in the national PHB pilot.