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Personal Health Budgets

What is the aim of a personal health budget?

The aim of a personal health budget is to give individuals more choice, flexibility and control in meeting their individual health care and well being needs.

What is a personal health budget?

A personal health budget can help people to get the services and support the need to help manage their health needs, letting them take as much control over how money is spent on their care as is appropriate for them. It does not necessarily mean giving them the money itself.

At the heart of a personal health budget is a care plan. The plan sets out a person’s health care and wellbeing needs, the health outcomes a person wants, the amount of money in the budget and how this will be spent.

Who can get a personal health budget?

To start with, personal health budgets are being considered in just a few clinical areas and health conditions. These include NHS Continuing Health Care and some long term conditions.

What can I spend my personal health budget on?

The personal health budget can be spent on care or services that are set out in a person’s care plan and have been agreed. The personal health budget cannot be spent on: alcohol, tobacco, gambling or debt repayment or anything that is illegal.

What have people used personal health budgets for?

There are lots of examples of the types of things people have used their personal health budget for. Each looks to provide support in a way that best meets their individual needs. These range from specific pieces of equipment to gym memberships. It can also help people get the support of their valued health care professionals in a way that better fits their own lives.

When will personal health budgets be available?

People receiving continuing healthcare from the NHS will have the right to ask for a personal health budget including a direct payment by 2014. However, there is a pilot programme underway and the final report on the evaluation will be available in October 2012.

Third party Arrangement:

An independent organisation legally independent of both the person and NHS (for example a voluntary organisation such as Ideal for All) holds the money on their behalf and buys or provides the goods and services chosen and agreed.

Health Care Direct Payment

This is when the money is given to the person and they buy the goods and services chosen and agreed.

Ideal for All have supported people on direct payments (social care) for 14 years or more and have the experience and knowledge to support and train you in managing a direct payment and employing personal assistants. Unfortunately direct payments will not be available until 2014 and currently are not available under the pilot.

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