Personal Health Budgets (PHBs) are a new way of offering people more choice, flexibility and control over the care and support an individual receives from the NHS. PHBs are provided by freeing up money from existing service contracts in order to provide a sum of money to an individual to meet their health care needs in a different way.
The CCGs intention is to extend our ‘offer’ and availability of PHBs to more people. Personal health budgets will be targeted at people with ongoing and high use of NHS and social care services. This is based on the recommendations within the NHSE Planning Guidance 2015/16 that CCGs are to lead a major expansion in the offer and delivery of personal health budgets to people, where evidence indicates they could benefit.
National and local evaluation of personal health Budgets has demonstrated that an expansion of personal health budgets beyond NHS Continuing Healthcare can deliver positive outcomes i.e.
Reducing avoidable use of hospital care
Improving quality of life
Empowering people to manage and make decisions about their own care and treatment.
Enabling people to develop their own personalised care plan
Promotes self-management and peer support
Who can get a personal health budget?
For 16/17 Nene and Corby CCG will offer PHBs to the following;
people eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) or children’s Continuing Care, who already have a right to have a personal health budget;
people with learning disabilities and high support needs eligible for CHC or through s117 Mental Health Act aftercare responsibilities
People who are eligible and in receipt of joint health and social care packages of support
If you or a family member are in one of the groups highlighted above please talk to your key co-ordinator or the team/individual that arranges or reviews your care.
When will Personal health Budgets be available to more people?
For 2017/18 we will be working to develop a PHB offer to other groups of people where clinically appropriate, this will take time to develop and expand. The way in which services are commissioned means that funding is tied up in block contracts and any changes must be implemented in line with commissioning and contracting cycles – this takes time. This could include;
people who make ongoing use of mental health services;
children with education, health and care plans, who could benefit from a joint budget including money from the NHS . ; CCGs will need to continue to work alongside local authorities and schools on the implementation of integrated education, health and care plans, and the offer of personal budgets to improve the lives of children with special educational needs.
integrated personal budgets across health and social care should be an option for people with learning disabilities
Adults with individual packages of care funded through the adult mental health budget where clinically recommended
People with long term conditions who are identified as being at high risk of acute admissions
In order to do this we will be engaging with a range of partners including people living and using health services in Northamptonshire, voluntary sector organisations and health and social care staff. The aim is to ensure that PHBs are sustainable in the long term and help reduce demand on crisis and acute services.
How can I find out more information?
To find out more information you can go to the CCG website