Personal Health Budgets
Our local offer: Personal Health Budgets in Camden
Personal health budgets are one way for people to obtain personalised, flexible care. They offer the opportunity for people to be actively involved in choosing and controlling the care that best meets their health needs and helps achieve the outcomes they feel are most important to them.
A personal health budget is an amount of money to support the identified healthcare and wellbeing needs of an individual, which is planned and agreed between the individual, or their representative, and the local clinical commissioning group (CCG). It isn’t new money, but a different way of spending health funding to meet the needs of an individual.
Personal health budgets have been shown to improve people’s health and wellbeing and to reduce the need to use other NHS services such as being admitted to hospital in an emergency. However whilst they can benefit some people they may not suit everyone and as a result they are completely voluntary. They are also not about saving money. Instead personal health budgets can help make better use of NHS money by spending it on things that will work best for the individual.
Since 2014 Camden CCG has made personal health budgets available to local people. The following ‘offer’ sets out who can currently have a personal health budget and who may be able to have one in the future. By 2020 it is expected that across England between 50,000 and 100,000 will have a personal health budget. In Camden that would mean between 220 and 440 people have a personal health budget.
Who can get a personal health budget?
People who are eligible for NHS continuing healthcare or children and young people’s continuing care have had the right to have a personal health budget since October 2014. In Camden, more than 25 personal health budgets have been put in place for people with these needs.
Children and young people with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan can also request a personal health budget to help them with their special educational needs or disabilities. The process to make this option easily available in Camden is currently being implemented.
People with a learning disability and/or autism should also be able to benefit from a personal health budget as part of wider improvements to learning disability care set out in Camden’s CCG’s Transforming Care plan.
People with mental health problems were shown to be one of the groups of people who could most benefit from a personal health budget. Since October 2015, Camden CCG has been able to offer a personal health budget to people with a diagnosis of a personality disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder who are receiving care from three specific services at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (Personality Disorder service; Complex Anxiety Depression Trauma team; Traumatic Stress Clinic).
Plans are currently being considered to further extend the offer of a personal health budget in mental health potentially to people receiving rehabilitation and recovery support. A decision on this extension of the local mental health offer will be made in 2016.
Outside of mental health, Camden CCG is also considering who else could benefit from a personal health budget. Decisions on how personal health budgets may be offered in the future will be made by the CCG in 2016.
Which organisations are involved in delivering personal health budgets locally?
Personal health budgets are being delivered by the following organisations working in partnership when needed:
- Camden Clinical Commissioning Group
- London Borough of Camden
- Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust
- Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
- The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust
- Age UK Camden
- Personalisation Support in Camden.
How can professionals and the public find out more information?
The NHS Choices website provides a lot of helpful information on personal health budgets including some personal stories.
PeopleHub is a user led organisation of people with personal health budgets. The PeopleHub website provides some useful information including resources and top tips for personal health budgets.
How can I apply for a personal health budget?
If you or the person you are caring for are within the current terms of the local offer set out above, the best way to apply for a personal health budget is to raise it with the person most closely involved with planning your care. They will be able to tell you more about personal health budgets and how an application can be progressed.