Our vision for personal health budgets is to enable people with long term conditions and disabilities to have greater choice, flexibility and control over the health care and support they receive.
These stories show us what the process is like, what people spend their money on and how they decided on this. The films also include the perspectives of family, carers and health care professionals. We hope these films illustrate the kind of choices people can make if they have a personal health budget, and the positive impact it can have on their health and lives.
Adrian is a 57-year old traveller. He is recovering from cancer and has early stage dementia, emphysema and arthritis.
Ade has a personal health budget which is managed as a third party budget, giving him 12 hours a week of Personal Assistant (PA) support, provided by PAs who are also from the travelling community.
Mitchell had very complex health needs that meant he was totally dependent on others. Mitchell was one of the first people in England to have a personal health budget, and continued to do so until he died in March 2015, aged 22. Mitchell was able to live a full and rich life at home, as his family were able to employ a team of personal assistants to care for him.
David, from Nottingham, receives a personal health budget as a direct payment for health care. He has T5 paraplegia from the chest down, and needs dressings on his legs changed daily. David explains how, with his budget, he was able to arrange training for his personal assistants to do this. Their flexible schedule means he can go to work when he needs to instead of waiting for the district nurse, who now comes for a weekly check.
Tory managed a personal health budget to care for her young daughter Lina, who suffered from cerebral palsy and required round the clock care until she passed away in 2014.
Sally & Ella’s story
Sally uses a personal health budget to manage the care of her daughter, Ella, who has a degenerative life limiting condition and is eligible for continuing care.