Policy for Personal Health Budgets

NHS continuing healthcare is a free package of care for people who have significant ongoing healthcare needs. It is arranged and funded by the NHS. You can receive NHS continuing healthcare in any setting outside hospital, including in your own home or in a care home.

If you receive care in your own home, the NHS will cover the cost of the support you need from health professionals and the cost of personal care which can include help with washing and getting dressed. If you receive NHS continuing healthcare in a care home, the NHS will also pay your care home fees.

In November 2012, following the publication of the final evaluation report from the national personal health budgets pilot programme, the government announced that anyone who is eligible for NHS continuing healthcare had the ‘right to ask’ for a personal health budget by April 2014, and the ‘right to have’ by September 2014.

NHS North Kirklees clinical commissioning group (CCG) has been offering the option of a personal health budget to all eligible individuals since this time.

Personal health budgets are not specific to a particular group of patients or to a particular set of services, and therefore this policy applies to everyone who is currently eligible for NHS continuing healthcare or has a package of care that is jointly funded by the CCG and Kirklees Council.

Personal health budgets are about using NHS money differently, promoting choice and control for individuals.  We developed the Policy with this in mind, and we wanted to know if we had got it right.

NHS North Kirklees CCG, embarked on engagement over a five week period, from 28th July – 1 st September 2015. The engagement was aimed to capture the views of the wider public and key stakeholders. A feedback form was designed to gain feedback from patients about their views on the policy. The feedback form 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 feedback form 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 In the Nkow and Empire News.

The feedback was collated in this report and has been used to help us develop the policy.