A personal health budget is an amount of money to support someone’s health and wellbeing needs, which is planned and agreed between them and their local NHS team.
Department of Health has identified and proposed the following groups who could benefit from having a ‘right to have’ a personal health budget, or where appropriate, an integrated personal budget (where the budget includes funding from both the local authority and the NHS):
- People with ongoing social care needs, who also make regular and ongoing use of relevant NHS services.
- People eligible for Section 117 aftercare services, and people of all ages with ongoing mental health needs who make regular and ongoing use of community based NHS mental health services.
- People leaving the Armed Forces, who are eligible for ongoing NHS services.
- People with a learning disability, autism or both, who are eligible for ongoing NHS care.
- People who access wheelchair services whose posture and mobility needs impact their wider health and social care needs.
The consultation has now ended.