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Personal health budgets

A personal health budget is an amount of money to support a person's health and wellbeing needs, planned and agreed between you and your local NHS team. This personalised care and support plan offers people of all ages greater choice and flexibility over how their assessed health and wellbeing needs are met.

This starts with a care and support planning conversation to agree the care, support and services the personal health budget will be spent on. This can include a range of things care, support and services that are holistic, innovative and build on your strengths.

Personal health budgets are flexible. They can be used to meet a variety of needs:

  • Ongoing care and support to meet a person's assessed health and wellbeing needs, such as NHS Continuing Healthcare, children and young people’s continuing care, or aftercare services under section 117 of the Mental Health Act.
  • To support children and young people with education, health and care plans (aligned to expectations in the SEND code of practice).

And they can be:

  • Pooled to support several individuals to come together to achieve a common health and wellbeing goal, like a group health weight management programme for people with a learning disability or autism.
  • Integrated with social care and/or education personal budgets.
  • Used to target and address wider system priorities such as identified health inequalities.
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