What is a personal health budget?
A personal health budget (PHB) is an amount of money to support a person’s identified health and wellbeing needs, planned and agreed between the person, their representative or, in the case of children, their families and Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group.
It is not new money - it is money that would normally have been spent by the NHS on the person’s care but is used more flexibly to meet their needs.
At the centre of the personal health budget is a care and support plan. This sets out the agreed health and wellbeing outcomes that the patient wants to achieve and how the budget will be spent to help the individual meet these goals. For example, therapies, personal care and equipment.
More choice and control
The aim of a personal health budget is to give individuals more choice and control over the money spent on meeting their health and wellbeing needs.
You will have control over your care and can co-ordinate it in a manner which supports your lifestyle and wellbeing.
PHBs support the vision of a more personalised, patient-focused NHS.
NHS England's website has more information and advice about the new scheme:
NHS Choices website:
NHS England website:
Download the full framework for personal health budgets here
Download the full document for Basildon and Brentwood Personal Health Budgets (PHB) Local Offer here
Our Personal Health Budgets Policy outlines the principles for achieving the implementation of personal health budgets by balancing choice, risks, rights and responsibilities. Download the policy here