Personal Health Budgets are helping lots of people with long-term conditions manage their care in a way that suits them.
A personal health budget is an amount of money to support your health and well-being needs. You are able to have as much choice and control as you want in using this money to buy a wide range of goods and services. Personal health budgets are not means-tested. They are just like any other healthcare service and are free at the point of access. You decide how best to manage your personal health budget.
This can be done in a range of ways:
- A notional budget No money changes hands directly. You find out how much is available and decide with your Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) how to spend the money. The CCG will then arrange the services.
- Direct Payments You receive the money to buy the care and support you and your CCG decide you need. You have to show what you have spent the money on, but you, or your representative, buy and manage services.
- A third party managed budget An independent body (for example a voluntary organisation) holds the money for you and helps you decide what you need. Once you have agreed this with your CCG, the organisation arranges and pays for the services. Help is usually also provided for extra support such as recruitment or payroll.
Knowsley Disability Concern (KDC) is a local independent charity specialising in direct payments and third party managed budgets. They offer a comprehensive, end-to-end support service which enables you to use a personal health budget to organise, manage and pay for your own care and support services.
They work with you, your family and your healthcare team to enable you to select treatments and services that meet your needs in ways most appropriate for you. They ensure that you are enabled to play an active role in managing your health.
You don’t have to change any healthcare or support that is working well for you just because you get a personal health budget, but if something isn’t working, you can change it.
To find out more, contact your CCG directly or pick up a leaflet from The Brain Charity.