What is a personal health budget?

A personal health budget is an amount of money to support your health and wellbeing needs, which is planned and agreed between you (or someone who represents you), and your local NHS team. It is not new money, but it may mean spending money differently so that you can get the care that you need.

Personal health budgets are a way of personalising care, based around what matters to people and their individual strengths and needs. They give people with long term health conditions and disabilities more choice, control and flexibility over their healthcare.

Who can have a personal health budget?

At the present time, children and adults who are in receipt of NHS Continuing Health Care or Continuing Care are eligible for personal health budgets.

We are looking to develop our personal health budget offers for those eligible for Section 117 aftercare and Personal Wheelchair Budgets.

How will it help me?

We believe everything we do should focus on people’s individual health and wellbeing needs. That’s why wherever possible we are trying to personalise the things we do.

Many people have said that by using a personal health budget, they have more flexibility, choice and control over how money gets spent on their care and support and makes them feel more involved and more positive. A personal health budget enables you to work with a healthcare professional to prioritise the care needs that are important to you and create a care plan that reflects your own personal health and social goals.

How are Personal Health Budgets Managed?

Once eligibility has been determined, a care and support plan has been completed and a indicative budget agreed, a Personal Health Budget can be managed in a number of ways:

  • Notional personal health budget – this means the appropriate organisation (e.g. NHS, local authority, education etc.) holds the funds and will buy the services you need directly from the service provider
  • 3rd party personal health budget – this means the money is passed on to an individual or organisation you know, who then arranges your care for you (as agreed and described in your Care and Support Plan)
  • Direct payment – this means the money is passed directly to you, and you can organise your own care (as agreed and described in your Care and Support Plan)

 How do I apply for a Personal Health Budget?

If you are eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare or Continuing Care you will be offered a Personal Health Budget when your eligibility is determined or when a review is undertaken.

If you are registered with a Surrey Heath GP and would like to discuss this further, please contact the Continuing Healthcare or Continuing Care Team:

Continuing Healthcare (hosted by Surrey Downs CCG)
Telephone: 01372 201 645
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Continuing Care (hosted by Guildford and Waverley CCG)
Telephone: 01483 405461
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More information about Personal Health Budgets can be found here.