Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICB
What is a Personal Health Budget?
A Personal Health Budget is an amount of money to support a person’s health and wellbeing needs, which is planned and agreed between the person (or someone who represents them) and the NHS. It is not about new money, but it may mean spending NHS money differently so that you can get the care you need in a way that works for you.
A Personal Health Budget allows you to manage your healthcare and support, such as treatments, equipment and personal care, in a way that suits you. It works in a similar way to Personal budgets for social care – NHS (www.nhs.uk) which allow people to manage and pay for their social care needs.
Personal Health Budgets are one way to increase personalised care to you, as it is a way of organising care and support you need as an individual, thus moving away from a ‘one size fits all’ approach. The NHS has an ambition to increase the uptake of Personal Health Budgets nationally to 200,000 people by 2024. In Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, this means at least 8,700 people will have a personal health budget by 2024.
Watch this NHS England and Improvement video to find out more about Personal Health Budgets.
Find out more
Read our Personal Health Budget Policy, leaflets and read the Frequently Asked Questions.
Frequently asked questions
What are the different types of budgets?
There are three different types of budgets that can be used to meet your health and / or social care needs: Personal Budgets; Integrated Personal Budget and a Personal Health Budget. All of them follow a needs assessment and developing a care and support plan, which is personalised to you.
What is a Personal Health Budget?
A Personal Health Budget is an amount of money to support a person’s health and wellbeing needs, which is planned and agreed between the person (or someone who represents them), NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire and / or the NHS team. A Personal Health Budget is for your NHS healthcare and support needs and is wholly funded by the NHS.
People often refer to Personal Health Budgets as a direct payment. However, a direct payment is one way of managing a Personal Health Budget. It’s when you get the money directly to buy the agreed care and support you need rather than the NHS arranging it for you.
What is an Integrated Personal Budget?
An Integrated Personal Budget is used to meet both your healthcare and social care needs. It is the amount of money both your local council and NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire pay towards any support you need. An Integrated Personal Budget aims provide a seamless approach to care, so that people and their families have the same experience of care and support, regardless of whether their care is funded by the Local Authority or the NHS and it is joined up. The person has an integrated care and support plan to identify their health, wellbeing and social care outcome and the amount of money to support their health and social care needs are joined up.
What is a Personal Budget?
A Personal Budget is funded by your local council to your social care and support needs. It is the amount of money your local council will pay towards any social care and support you need.
If you think you, or someone you know, needs help to cope day to day, the first step is to get information and advice by looking on https://www.nottshelpyourself.org.uk or by contacting your Council by calling them or online; all the contact details for Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottingham City Council can be found at: https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/ or https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/
What are the benefits?
The underlying principles of a budget are that an individual will:
- Be able to choose the health and social care outcomes they want to achieve (in agreement with health/social care professionals)
- Know how much money they have for their care and support
- Be enabled to create their own care and support plan
- Be able to spend the money in ways and at times that make sense to them (as agreed in their care and support plan)
- Be able to choose how their budget is held and managed
Who decides who can have a Personal Health Budget?
NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire must follow the National Guidance from NHS England to determine who can have a Personal Health Budget; as outlined in the next section.
Who decides who can have an Integrated Personal Budget?
NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire and Local Authority follow National Guidance and join up locally to support people to have Integrated Personal Budgets.
Who can have a Personal Health Budget?
- Adults receiving NHS continuing healthcare NHS continuing healthcare (NHS-funded long-term health and personal care outside hospital)
- Children and young people receiving NHS continuing care
- People who meet the eligibility criteria of the wheelchair service can have a personal wheelchair budget
- Carers to support them to have a break from their caring role and meet their health and wellbeing needs.
Who can have an Integrated Personal Budget?
- People with mental health problems and are entitled to S117 aftercare Mental health aftercare if you have been sectioned – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
- People who have a package of care funded by health and social care. The eligibility for NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire to fund a joint package of care is outlined in The National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing Care
What is a care and support plan?
An essential step in the Personal Health Budget process is developing a care and support plan. It starts with a different conversation based on “What matters to you?” rather than what is wrong with you?
What does a good care and support plan look like?
- It includes a description of the person, what matters to them and all the necessary elements to make the plan achievable, including actions, outcomes and goals
- Captures and records conversations, decisions and agreed outcomes in a way that makes sense to the person
- Is proportionate, flexible and adapted to a person’s health condition, situation and needs
What people should expect from the process of developing a care and support plan?
- Is empowered and builds knowledge, skills and confidence
- Feels confident that the process and the plan will deliver what matters most to them
- Is at the centre and will agree who is involved
- Is seen as a the expert of their own life, including skills, strengths, experience and relationships
- Is valued as an active participant in conversations and decisions
- During planning, the person feels prepared, knows what to expect and is ready to engage
- Can access clear and timely information and advice
- Has time and support to develop their plan in a safe and reflective space
- Is listened to and understood, building trusting and effective relationships with key people
- Is able to agree their health and wellbeing outcomes with the relevant health, education and social care professionals
- Can formally and informally review their personalised care and support plan
What can a Personal Health Budget or Integrated Personal Budget be spent on?
Everyone with a Personal Health or Integrated Personal Budget will be offered support to think through how they would like to use their budget to meet their health and wellbeing needs.
A budget can be spent on care or support to meet the persons outcomes set out in the care and support plan. This is put together with the individual and the NHS team or social care team. Every care and support plan will need to be agreed by NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire and/or social care. All care and support plans and budgets must be lawful, appropriate, and effective and demonstrate value for money.
What can a Personal Health/Integrated Personal Budget not be spent on?
Things that it would not be right for the NHS/Government to fund:
- Alcohol, tobacco, gambling or debt repayment, or anything that is illegal.
Also the plan cannot be used to purchase any emergency, primary and other universal care services.
How can a Personal Health Budget be managed?
A Personal Health Budget can be managed in 3 ways, or a combination of these.
- Notional budget: No money changes hands. You find out how much money is available for your assessed needs and together with your NHS team you decide how to spend that money. They will then arrange the agreed care and support plan.
- Third party budget: An organisation legally independent of both of you and the NHS holds the money for you, and also pays for and arranges the care and support agreed in your care and support plan.
- Direct payment: You get the money to buy the care and support you and your NHS team agree you need. You must show what you have spent it on, but you, or your representative, buy and manage services yourself.
Where can you read guidance on Personal Health Budgets?
The NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Personal Health Budget guidance can be found here – PHB Guidance
How do I apply for a Personal Health Budget?
If you think you may be eligible and would like to apply for a Personal Health Budget or Integrated Personal Budget, or would like more information about what is involved, the people to contact are:
The local Continuing Health care team
Locally, there are two teams who provide Continuing healthcare assessments and care and support planning depending on the GP you are registered with. If the GP is in Mansfield, Ashfield, Newark or Sherwood contact the Mid Nottinghamshire NHS CHC Team on 01623 785450.
If your GP is in Gedling, Broxtowe, Rushcliffe or Nottingham City contact the Nottingham Citycare CHC team on 0115 8834720.
Joint funded health and social care funding including S117 Aftercare
This offer follows an assessment of your needs by social care and the Continuing healthcare teams; contact details are above. You can call your Council or contact them online; the contact details can be found at https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/ or https://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/
Wheelchair Budget Information
If you live in Mansfield, Ashfield, Newark or Sherwood contact the Mansfield Wheelchair service which is provided by the Blatchford Group NHS Wheelchair Services. The service is based at Mansfield Community Hospital and they can be contacted on 01623 785076 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you live in Gedling, Broxtowe, Rushcliffe or Nottingham City the service is provided by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. The service is based at the Mobility Centre, City Hospital campus. You can contact them on 0115 969 1169 Ext: 57581 or 57552 https://www.nuh.nhs.uk/mobility-centre/
Carers NHS Funded Breaks
This offer is available to Adult carers (over 18) in Nottinghamshire and is provided by Nottinghamshire County Council, following a carer’s assessment and care and support plan. How to contact the Council can be found at https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/
How do I ask for a Personal Health Budget?
NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire will be expanding the offer of Personal Health Budgets so more people can benefit from them. If you would like NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire to provide a Personal Health Budget outside of groups listed, please get in touch with the Personalised care team by emailing email@example.com.