Adults who are eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) funding, and children in receipt of continuing care have had a legal right to have a personal health budget since October 2014.
There are many examples of how personal health budgets can improve people’s experiences of care, and help people get the care and support that is right for them, as well as being more cost-effective for the NHS.
The independently evaluated personal health budgets pilot (published in 2012) showed that adults in receipt of NHS Continuing Healthcare, living in their own home were amongst those who benefited the most.
By 2020, NHS England expects that unless there are exceptional circumstances, everyone living in their own home who is in receipt of NHS Continuing Healthcare funding or continuing care in the case of children and young people, and who could benefit from a personal health budget, will have the opportunity to take up their right.
The national framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare
The process of providing personal health budgets in Continuing Healthcare fits well with the case management approach, as set out in the National framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded nursing care. This is explained in this short animated film, which was developed by the national team to help professionals working in this area:
A range of other support and guidance is also available for professionals working in this area:
- Guidance on the right to have a personal health budget in NHS Continuing Healthcare
- Direct Payment Regulations
- Direct Payment Regulations amendments
- Direct Payment in Healthcare – guidance on the regulations
- IPC/PHB quick guide: NHS Continuing Healthcare
- FAQ – Introducing personal health budgets beyond NHS Continuing Healthcare