Personal Health Budgets explained “It has changed my life completely by living like this. I now have more of a life and I am in charge of my life; going out when I want and where I want.” What is a Personal Health Budget? A Personal Health Budget (PHB) is an amount of money to support your identified health and wellbeing needs, planned and agreed between you and your local NHS team. You can receive this budget as a Direct Payment. The aim is to give people with long-term conditions and disabilities greater choice and control over the healthcare and support they receive. Easy Read Guide to Personal Health Budgets (credit: Department of Health) An introduction to Personal Health Budgets (credit: NHS England) Am I eligible to receive a PHB? PHB's are used widely across the country to support people receiving Continuing Health Care and there are plans to extend how they can be used. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) commission healthcare services, CCGs are preparing to expand availability of PHBs to others who could benefit from April this year. People Hub is a brilliant place to get information and resources on Personal Health Budgets. What can it be used for? The way a Personal Health Budget is used depends on the support needs of an individual. It can be used to support an adult or a child. For example it could help you to regain your social life, get some respite, to employ your family to support you, or continue to live in your own home. There are lots of different ways PHBs can be applied depending on your needs. Receive a Personal Health Budget and live in West Sussex or Croydon?Independent Lives offers information and advice. Contact us.