People who have healthcare needs may be awarded an allocation of money by the NHS to help support them, these are known as a Personal Health Budgets.
The money may be allocated as a Notional Budget where the NHS will arrange the care for you or as a Third Party Budget where a representative will hold the money and arrange the care on your behalf. Alternatively you can receive it as a Direct Payment where you manage the money yourself and arrange the care yourself.
Those who receive NHS Continuing Healthcare are also eligible to receive a Personal Health Budget which provides them with more independence, involvement, and flexibility in their care plan.
Personal Health Budgets work similarly to Personal Budgets. However, there are two distinct differences:
- Personal Health Budgets are for healthcare needs such as personal care.
- Personal Budgets or Social Care Funding are for social care needs such as maintaining hobbies.
For more information on Personal Health Budgets click here.