Support and resources for professionals

Support for clinical commissioning groups (CCGs)

NHS England and NHS Improvement provide an ongoing programme of support for professionals who are involved in the delivery of personal health budgets.

This programme supports the expansion of personal health budgets in England, in order to achieve the NHS Long Term Plan commitment of 200,000 personal health budgets by 2023/24, as well as supporting CCGs to meet their responsibilities regarding the legal rights to have personal health budgets. These rights apply to people who are eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare and continuing care for children, and from 2 December 2019 to people who are eligible for section 117 aftercare and people eligible for NHS wheelchairs (who have the right to a personal wheelchair budget).

The Personal Health Budget Delivery Team’s programme of support draws on the evidence and learning from the implementation of personal health budgets to date, and draws on examples of best practice nationally.

The support includes:

  • Access to regional support, advice and workshops via dedicated Regional Managers
  • Regional network meetings
  • Tailored support for individual CCGs or across STP footprints, which can include workshops focusing on personalised care and support planning, joint funded budgets, expansion planning etc.
  • Finance and commissioning support
  • Online collaborative platform: A members-only online space for asking questions and sharing learning with other areas. To discuss access please email england.personalisedcaredemonstrator@nhs.net
  • E-learning modules, training packs, resources, guidance and stories, supporting people to understand and implement personal health budgets
  • Peer support from CCG mentors who can share their knowledge and expertise of delivering PHBs across a range of areas
  • Specialist personal health budgets networks: Personal Wheelchair Budgets, mental health, children and young people, and people with learning disabilities.
  • Policy and practice advice via the Q&A section of the collaborative network
  • Workforce development and culture change: advice on how to develop leadership among professionals and access to experts by experience
  • Evaluation: Tools to help you to measure progress and demonstrate results.

Right to have guidance

This guidance published in December 2019 provides information and advice for clinical commissioning groups and other relevant professionals on meeting their duty to provide personal health budgets for eligible groups of people. This supersedes previous guidance on the right to have in NHS Continuing Healthcare and continuing care.

Data collection and guidance

NHS Digital collects quarterly data on personal health budgets from clinical commissioning groups, which is used as a measure for the CCG Improvement and Assessment Framework. For more information visit the NHS Digital website or download guidance on the data collection and view the latest quarterly data.

Personalised health and care framework

Published in June 2017, the Personalised health and care framework provides best practice advice for NHS and local government professionals implementing personal health budgets.

Implementing personal health budgets and need more information?

If you work within the NHS, a local authority or a voluntary sector partner, you can sign up to the Personalised Care Collaborative Network to access a range of resources, share learning and discuss issues with colleagues across the country. To discuss access please email england.personalisedcaredemonstrator@nhs.net

Alternatively, for more information please contact the national Personal Health Budgets team by emailing england.personalhealthbudgets@nhs.net.