​​​​​​​​​What is a Personal Health Budget?​​​​

A personal health budget (PHB) is the amount of NHS money available to meet an individual's health and wellbeing needs.  Adults eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare and the parents of children and young people eligible for NHS Continuing Care have the "right to have" a personal health budget, including a direct payment for health care (DP for health care).  In Greenwich, we advise people who are eligible of their right to have a PHB. 

PHBs are intended to enable people (patients) and families to exercise greater choice and control, ensuring support purchased with NHS resources is a "good fit" with day-to-day family life, and that the best possible health and wellbeing outcomes are achieved. 

PHBs support the vision of a more personalised, patient-focused NHS, and offer additional opportunities for health care professionals and people to work in partnership, making shared decisions and actively co-designing services and support.  This partnership combines the professional's vital clinical expertise and knowledge with the person's expertise in their health condition, and their ideas for how their needs can best be met.

All Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England are now able to offer PHBs, including DPs for healthcare.  This follows a successful national pilot of PHBs from 2009 to 2012, and implementation of new DP regulations from 1 August 2013.

If you have a PHB, you will be able to use it to purchase services, support and activities to achieve the health and wellbeing outcomes agreed between you and the NHS.  For further detail on how PHBs work in Greenwich, please see PHB information leaflets on this webpage.

How PHBs work in Greenwich (for adults)
We have developed 3 information leaflets which explain how PHBs work in Greenwich for eligible adults:-  

PHB Information and Patients and Families
PHB Personal Health Budgets Process-Greenwich CCG
PHB Direct Payments-Greenwich CCG

How PHBs work in Greenwich (for children and young people)
We have developed 2 information leaflets which explain how PHBs work in Greenwich for eligible children and young people:-

PHB process for children and young people
PHB direct payments process for children and young people

If you want to print off hard copies, shorter versions of the above documents are available: click here for the PHB process and click here for the PHB direct payments process.

We hope you find this information helpful.  If you need more information, please contact the relevant health care team, contact details for which can be found here on this webpage.​

NHS England guidance on direct payments for healthcare
NHS England has published guidance to help people understand the rules around Direct Payments for Healthcare.  You can find this guidance here.

Guidance on Direct Payments for Healthcare​​

​Who can have a Personal Health Budget in Greenwich?

NHS Greenwich​ Clinical Commissioning Group offers personal health budgets to adults eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare.  PHBs are also offered to the parents of children and young people eligible for NHS Continuing Care

For further information on PHBs, contact:

NHS Continuing Healthcare Team at NHS Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group (adults)
Email: greccg.continuingcare@nhs.net
Telephone: 020 3049 9000

NHS Continuing Care Team for Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust (parents, children and young people)
Email: mary.apsey@oxleas.nhs.uk
Telephone: 020 3260 5157​

Other places you can find helpful information on Personal Health Budgets and Personal Budgets​
www.personalhealthbudgets.england.nhs.uk   This link will take you to the NHS England PHB website, where you can find lots of information about PHBs and how they are being introduced in England.
www.in-control.org.uk  This link will take you to the homepage of in Control – a charity and social enterprise which has played a very important role in the introduction of personal budgets and personal health budgets in England. 
www.peoplehub.org.uk   This link will take you to peoplehub – a national organisation run by and for people with personal health budgets.  You can make contact with the network, and get in touch with other people with personal health budgets.