A personal health budget is an amount of money to support a person’s health and wellbeing needs, planned and agreed between the person and their local NHS team.
Personal health budgets are intended to enable people with long-term conditions and disabilities to have greater choice, flexibility and control over the healthcare and support they receive. They are one way of enabling people to be more involved in discussions and decisions about their care.
A care and support plan is at the centre of every personal health budget. This plan helps the person decide their health and wellbeing goals, together with their NHS team, and sets out how the budget will be spent. Once the plan is agreed, the money itself can be managed in different ways – a notional budget with no money changing hands, a real budget held by a third party or a direct payment to the person. It may also be possible to join together personal health budgets with personal budgets for social care.