What are personal health budgets (PHBs)?

Information for people, families and carers

Detailed information is available on the NHS Choices website for people, family members or carers wanting to find out more about personal health budgets and eligibility.

A personal health budget is an amount of money to support the identified healthcare and wellbeing needs of an individual, which is planned and agreed between the individual, or their representative, and the local clinical commissioning group (CCG). It isn’t new money, but a different way of spending health funding to meet the needs of an individual.

Personal health budgets are one way to give people with long term health conditions and disabilities more choice and control over the money spent on meeting their health and wellbeing needs.

Person-centred care and support planning is at the heart of making personal health budgets work well. A person-centred care and support plan helps people to identify their health and wellbeing goals, together with their local NHS team, and sets out how the budget will be spent to enable them to reach their goals and keep healthy and safe.

Adults eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare and children in receipt of continuing care have had a right to have a personal health budget since October 2014.

In order to support CCGs to be able to introduce personal health budgets successfully in NHS Continuing Healthcare, NHS England have been running a support programme since summer 2013 in order to prepare CCGs for their new responsibilities. All 211 CCGs in England are signed up to the support programme.