Personal health budgets

What is a personal health budget?

A personal health budget is an amount of money to support your health and wellbeing needs, planned and agreed between you and your local NHS team. The aim is to give people with long-term conditions and disabilities greater choice and control over the healthcare and support they receive.

Personal health budgets work in a similar way to the personal budgets that many people are already using to manage and pay for their social care.

Together with your NHS team you will develop a care and support plan. This sets out your personal health and wellbeing needs, the outcomes you want to achieve, the amount of money in the budget and how you are going to spend it. You can use a personal health budget to pay for a wide range of items and services, including therapies, personal care and equipment. This will allow you more choice and control over the health services and care you receive.

You don’t have to change any healthcare or support that is working well for you just because you get a personal health budget, but if something isn’t working, you can change it.

Who can have a personal health budget?

The following people are eligible for a personal health budget in Haringey:

Offering personal health budgets beyond CHC and continuing care for children with complex health heeds

Haringey CCG is committed to offering Personal Health Budgets (PHBs) to more people in Haringey. PHBs are a new way of offering people more choice, flexibility and control over their care and support and it will take time to develop and expand what we currently offer. PHBs are not about providing additional money but using the same allocation in a different way to meet assessed care and support needs.

Over the next 12 months, we will be looking to offer a PHB or an integrated budget to: 

  • Children with special educational needs and disabilities, as part of the SEND local offer 
  • Adults and children with learning disabilities

It is expected that expanding our offer of PHBs will take time to develop. So over the coming 3 years we will need to work in close partnership with London Borough of Haringey, the public, service users, carers and other stakeholders to develop our plans to extend Personal Health Budgets to other groups in our population.

Can I have a personal health budget as well as a personal budget for social care and support?

Yes. If you already have a personal budget for care and support from social services and your NHS team agrees, you can also have a personal health budget and ask for both to be combined.

Do I have to have a personal health budget?

No. If having a personal health budget does not work for you, your local NHS will provide the care you need as it has always done.

What is the difference between a personal health budget, an integrated budget, a personal budget, an individual budget and a direct payment?

  • A personal health budget is for your NHS healthcare and support needs.
  • An integrated budget is a joint budget between health and social care
  • A personal budget is for your social care and support needs.
  • An individual budget includes your social care and support needs plus other funding, such as independent living.
  • A direct payment is one way of managing these budgets, where you get the cash to buy the agreed care and support you need.

How can I apply for a personal health budget or find out more?

If you would like to find out more about personal health budgets, like information about how to apply for one or be involved in developing our local offer, please contact Haringey CCG:

T: 0203 688 2700

Advocacy and Information, Advice and Guidance

If you need independent advocacy support or some information, advice and guidance on personal health budgets, you can contact:

Tottenham Town Hall
Town Hall Approach Rd
N15 4RY
Tel: 0208 275 6550

Further information about personal health budgets

There is lots of information available on personal health budgets. Some useful links are below:

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Last updated: 27/06/2017