Key features of personal health budgets and IPC

Where someone is part of IPC or has a personal health budget, they will:

  • be able to access information and advice that is clear and timely and meets their individual information needs and preferences
  • experience a coordinated approach that is transparent and empowering
  • have access to a range of peer support options and community based resources to help build knowledge, skills and confidence to manage their health and wellbeing
  • be valued as an active participant in conversations and decisions about their health and wellbeing
  • be central in developing their personalised care and support plan and agree who is involved
  • be able to agree the health and wellbeing outcomes* they want to achieve, in dialogue with the relevant health, education and social care professionals.

If this leads to a personal budget, integrated personal budget or personal health budget, a person will:

  • get an upfront indication of how much money they have available for healthcare and support
  • have enough money in the budget to meet the health and wellbeing needs and outcomes* agreed in the personalised care and support plan
  • have the option to manage the money as a direct payment, a notional budget, a third party budget or a mix of these approaches
  • be able to use the money to meet their outcomes in ways and at times that make sense to them, as agreed in their personalised care and support plan.

* and learning outcomes for children and young people with education, health and care plans.

Where someone has a personal health budget, they should experience all the key features listed above, not just those specifically listed under the personal budget section.