Personal Health Budgets

Personal Health Budgets (PHB) are being introduced by the NHS to help people 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.

PHBs have been piloted in a number of places across England. In Waltham Forest, PHBs are currently available for children and young people aged 0 – 18 years who are eligible for NHS Continuing Care, and for adults who are eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare. Please see below for contact details of how to get in touch and follow the links to see Frequently Asked Questions for each service.

By March 2016, we plan to offer PHBs more widely, including to people with learning disabilities, to children and young people, and those with long term conditions. This will help more people achieve a better quality of life and develop ongoing strategies to manage the care they receive.

Since September 2014 we have been working with Waltham Forest Council to begin the process of joining up education, health and social care plans for children and young people aged 0 – 25, which is part of the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Reforms (SEND). We expect that every child and young person who needs an education, health and social care plan (EHC) will have one by 2018.

Read the introduction to Personal Health Budgets leaflet to find out more, you can also find this leaflet in an easy read version and in Bengali, Polish, Urdu and Turkish.

 PHB - Children's and young people's service

Reaching Out East The Direct Payments Team The North Hub 58 Hall Lane London E4 8EU Tel: 0208 519 6369  Email: directpayments@reachingouteast.org.uk. Follow this link for frequently asked questions about PHB for child and young people 

PHB- Adults' service

Personal Health Budgets Team NHS North East London Commissioning Support Unit Clifton House 75-77 Worship Street London EC2A 2DU Tel: 020 3688 1000 Email: nelcsu.chc@nhs.net.  Follow this link for frequently asked questions about PHB for adults.

To find out more, take a look at the information available on the NHS England website.