Personal health budgets

Do you, a family member, or someone you look after need ongoing care and support for a complex health condition?

Did you know that anyone who is currently eligible, or becomes eligible, for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding now has the right to ask for their own personal health budget?


Personal Health Budgets (PHBs) have been available for people with Continuing Healthcare needs in Lancashire since April 2014. Since October 2014 those in receipt of Continuing Healthcare have had a “right to have” a PHB.

NHS England would now like CCGs to expand the ‘offer’ of PHBs to other people with ongoing health needs. As well as those adults and children with Continuing Healthcare needs, during 2016-17 Lancashire CCGs will also be offering PHBs to the following patient groups:

  • Adults and Children who do not qualify for NHS Continuing Healthcare, but who have been assessed as eligible for a package of care jointly funded by health and social care.
  • Adults with learning disabilities and/or autism eligible for a jointly funded health and social care package (excluding those clients who are already in any pooled fund arrangements, where the NHS contribution to your care is held together with the social services contribution).
  • Children and young adults with Education, Health and Care Plans including those in transition between children and adult services.
  • Adults with complex health and social care needs, who are eligible for jointly funded packages of care.

Each request will be considered on a case by case basis.

PHBs offer the opportunity to work in equal partnership with the CCG about how your health and wellbeing needs can best be met, and are one way for you to have more choice and control over your healthcare and support.

You don’t have to change the healthcare and support that is working well for you, but if there’s something that isn’t working, or maybe help delivered in a different way is needed, you can change that.

To decide whether a PHB could be best for you, please read Moving Forward with Personal Health Budgets in Lancashire ( pdf | 203.7 KB ).  You may also wish to contact the MLCSU Personal Health Budgets Team on 01772 214075 or at [email protected]

If you want to find out more about Personal Health Budgets you may find the following resources useful;

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