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Personal health budgets

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Personal health budgets are provided by the NHS to help people manage their health care in a way that suits them.

A personal health budget is an amount of money to support your identified health and wellbeing needs, planned and agreed between you and your local NHS team. 

The aim is to give people with long term conditions and disabilities, greater choice and control over the healthcare and support they receive.  You can use your personal health budget for a range of things to help you meet your goals, including therapies, personal care and equipment.

If you already have a personal budget for care and support from social services, and your NHS team agrees, you can also have a personal health budget and ask for both to be paid into the same account.

Child personal health budget

If your child is living with a significant or complex health need, that requires care over an extended period, you may be eligible to receive NHS Continuing Care.  This means your child is also entitled to have a personal health budget.

To find out more, take a look at the
Children and Young People's Continuing Care National Framework guidance, available on the Government's website.  You can also talk to the person who helps most with your child's care, such as your GP, or contact Herefordshire's Continuing Healthcare Team on 01432 383359.

Adult personal health budget

Adults receiving NHS Continuing Healthcare have a right to receive a personal health budget.  In Herefordshire, a personal health budget is available to adults who are registered with a county based GP and living in their own home.

To find out more, take a look at the information available on the NHS website.  Alternatively, you can also speak to the person who helps most with your care and support, such as your Care Manager or GP.  You can also call the Herefordshire Continuing Healthcare Team on 01432 383359.

National support

Peoplehub provide information and guides on personal health budgets.  They also offer a Peoplehub Community, where you can connect and share stories and experiences with other people who have a personal health budget.


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