Personal Health Budgets Engagement

A personal health budget (PHB) is an amount of money that is spent to meet the healthcare and wellbeing needs of patients, generally those with a long term illness or disability. It is supported by a care plan which sets out what the health needs/outcomes are, the amount of money in the budget and how this is going to be used.

Personal health budgets are not new money – they are a way of using NHS money differently, as this is something that the patient wants, and where it is clinically safe. No one has to have a personal heath budget if they don’t want one.

Personal health budgets can be implemented in different ways. Individuals may receive a direct payment equal to the agreed budget, which they use to purchase services themselves. Or the budget may be managed by statutory services or a voluntary sector broker, who purchase the services agreed on behalf of the budget holder.

The Government said that anyone who is eligible for ‘NHS continuing healthcare’ had the ‘right to have’ a personal health budget from April 2014. A small number of people, with complex long term health have ‘continuing healthcare’ funding. The Government has also said that clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) can introduce personal health budgets for other people, those with long term mental or physical health conditions.

NHS North Kirklees CCG (NKCCG) wanted to find out what the public thought about extending PHB in the Kirklees area, and whether it could help and support to better meet health outcomes.

The CCG, embarked on engagement over a six week period, from 25th January – 7 th March 2016. The engagement was aimed to capture the views of the wider public and key stakeholders. A short survey was designed to gain feedback from patients about their views on the proposals. The survey was circulated via our existing engagement and communication mechanisms. This included sending the survey to our ‘Your health, your say’ network, Patient Reference Groups (PRGs), PRG Network, Voluntary and Community Sector groups and key stakeholders. The survey was also uploaded to Involve and the CCGs website, and shared via Facebook and Twitter.

To ensure staff and GP practices were aware of the survey and to encourage feedback, the link to the online feedback form was included in the newsletters – In the Nkow and Empire News.

The findings from this survey can be found in this report. We have used the information you provided to develop our local offer for PHB.

For further information regarding Personal health budgets please see:http://www.nhs.uk/personalhealthbudgets