Personal Health Budgets
What is a Personal Health Budget?
A Personal Health Budget is an amount of
money, planned and agreed between you and your local NHS team, which is
allocated to support your health and wellbeing needs.
The aim of a Personal Health Budget is to give you more choice and control over the money spent on meeting your care needs, allowing you to select treatments and services that are most appropriate for you. You can receive a Personal Health Budget as a Direct Payment for healthcare.
If you receive your Personal Health Budget as a Direct Payment the money is paid directly to you so that you can to buy the care and support you and your local NHS team decide you need. You have to show what you have spent the money on, but you, or your representative, buy and manage services yourself. Further information about PHB's can be found in this You Tube video.
For customers in Hampshire, this service is currently provided in-house by your local NHS Trust so is not accessed through Independent Lives.
New to Personal Health Budgets and not sure how they work? Our Personal Budgets Myth Buster Tool will help you understand them further, and challenge some of the misconceptions around eligibility.
How we can support you
You will first be allocated a one to one adviser to help you plan how to use your Personal Health Budget. If you chose to receive manage your budget through a Direct Payment your adviser can provide the advice and guidance you need to employ staff.
When you first start receiving your Personal Health Budget as a Direct Payment your named adviser will visit you at your home and provide you with one-to-one support for up to a year. Your adviser will explain all the options available and give you all the information and advice you need to learn how to manage your Direct Payment and recruit and manage Personal Assistants.
Once you are up and running, we will send
you regular news and updates and you can access support, advice and information
from our Information and Advice team whenever you need it. Our advisers are
available via phone, text and email from 8am – 6pm Monday – Friday. All their details can be found on our contacts page.
What other people say about Personal Health Budgets
Visit our customer stories page to read about how other people use their Personal Health Budget to live
Clinical training is now available for personal assistants
Your personal assistant(s) can be trained in your home, to carry out a range of clinical tasks including enteral feeding, trachoestomy care, respiratory care, elimination support, catheter care. Find out more on our clinical training page.