Personal health budgets

Personal Health Budgets (PHB) help people to manage their care in a way that suits them. It is an amount of money designated to support a person’s health and wellbeing, and it is agreed and planned between the person and their local NHS team. The aim is to give them more control and choice over the support services and care they receive and help them maintain their independence.

As of 1 April 2017, all individuals in receipt of continuing healthcare and continuing care automatically receive a PHB to meet their eligible needs. Tower Hamlets CCG has also widened the availability of PHBs to others who could benefit. This includes the following groups of people:

  • Adults with long term conditions, such as diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
  • Adults with learning disabilities
  • Adults with mental health problems
  • Children and young people with disabilities, including those eligible for education, health and care (EHC) plan

Frequently Asked Questions document has been prepared to answer any questions you might have about PHBs, how they work and who you need to contacted if you are interested in finding out more.

You can also read an introduction to Personal Health Budgets leaflet to find out more. You can also find this leaflet in an easy read version and in Bengali, PolishUrdu and Turkish.

If a person receives a PHB and a separate personal budget from social care, it may be possible to join the two budgets together as an Integrated Personal Budget. This is an area of work currently being developed. You can find out more about this programme on the Integrated Personal Commissioning programme page.