What is a Personal Health Budget?
A personal health budget (PHB) is an amount of money to support someone’s identified health and wellbeing needs, planned and agreed between them and their local NHS team.   

The aim is to give people with long-term conditions and disabilities greater choice and control over the healthcare and support they receive. 

It is not new money, but a way of using existing money in a different way to support health and wellbeing needs. 

What is the history?

  • Between 2009-2012 – Personal Health Budgets were trialed across various NHS areas 

  • From October 2014 NHS legislation said that Personal Health Budgets should be available to people accessing continuing health care
  • From April 2015 NHS legislation said that Personal Health Budgets should be available to eligible people with a Long-term Health Condition  

Why is the NHS implementing Personal Health Budgets?
People want: 

  • More say over their care and support

  • More choice

  • High quality, personalized services

  • To be active partners in their own care and support – it is better for them and the system

Find out more about whether a personal health budget could be an option for you, or your family on NHS Choices. You can also see the stories of some people who have had a personal health budget. 

Derbyshire’s local offer
Click here to see the Local Offer document.

Things to remember
To be ‘eligible’ to apply for a Personal Health Budget for a Long-term Condition(s), an applicant must: 

a)    Have one or more diagnosed long-term condition
b)    Be registered with a Derbyshire CCG GP
c)    Be in receipt of traditional healthcare services in relation to their condition
d)    Be able to evidence engagement with NHS healthcare
e)    Have stated health outcomes that are considered achievable and will not cause any harm
f)     Have a health care professional to endorse their application 

A Personal Health budget cannot be used for:

  • Debt repayment

  • Alcohol or cigarettes

  • Gambling

  • Day to day living costs

  • Anything that is illegal 

A personal health budget will not be approved for: 

  • Services that are already commissioned under NHS services
  • Private procedures (e.g. hip replacement)
  • Social care services where these have been reduced or stopped 

How do I apply for a personal health budget?

If you have any questions, would like to apply for a personal health budget, or would like to receive this information in any other format, please contact Tina Brown or Sarah Carrington on 01332 868 756, or email sderccg.personalhealthbudgets@nhs.net

Alternatively, you can complete the below application form. Guidance notes have also been provided to help you.
PHB Application Support Plan
PHB Guidance Notes 

Please remember: 

  • You will need to get your application form endorsed by a qualified NHS healthcare professional
  • You must make sure your application is linked to your long term condition
Last modified: 05/06/2017