Personal health budgets are required to be offered - as part of NHS funded care, as well by social care funded support with individual budgets.

Personal health budgets are required to be offered - as part of NHS funded care, as well by social care funded support with individual budgets. You are offered a personal budget, individual budget which enables you and your family to plan for your personalised care needs, including at the palliative stage of your dementia journey.
For extra information, evidence and best practice please scroll down to the bottom of the page.

National offerings

NHS Continuing Health Care

NHS continuing healthcare is for adults. Children and young people may receive a "continuing care package" if they have needs arising from disability, accident or illness that cannot be met by existing universal or specialist services alone.
The process involved in NHS continuing healthcare assessments can be complex. An organisation called Beacon gives free independent advice on NHS continuing healthcare.
Telephone: Beacon free helpline 0345 548 0300

Personal Health Budgets

A personal health budget is an amount of money to support someone’s health and wellbeing needs, which is planned and agreed between the individual or their representative, and the local clinical commissioning group (CCG). It isn’t new money, but a different way of spending health funding to meet the needs of an individual. A personal health budget is a way of personalising care, based around what matters to people and their strengths and needs.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Personal Independence Payment helps with some of the extra costs caused by long-term ill-health or a disability if you’re aged 16 to 64.
Telephone: 0800 917 2222
Text phone: 0800 917 7777


Healthwatch is your health and social care champion. If you use GPs and hospitals, dentists, pharmacies, care homes or other support services, we want to hear about your experiences. As an independent statutory body, we have the power to make sure NHS leaders and other decision makers listen to your feedback and improve standards of care. Last year we helped nearly a million people like you to have your say and get the information and advice you need.
Telephone: Call: 03000 683 000 between the hours of 08:30 – 17:30 Monday to Friday


NHS England Personalised Care: Personal health budgets in NHS Continuing Health Care have been shown to achieve an average 17% saving on direct cost of home care packages.

NHS, Delivering universal personalised care: Personalised health budgets was an amount of money to support a person’s identified health and wellbeing needs, planned and agreed between them and their local CCG. A person will:

  • Get an upfront indication of how much money they have available for healthcare and support.
  • Have enough money in the budget to meet the health and wellbeing needs and outcomes agreed in the personalised care and support plan.
  • Have the option to manage the money as a notional budget, a third-party budget, a direct payment, or a mix of these approaches.
  • Be able to use the money to meet their outcomes in ways and at times that make sense to them, as agreed in their personalised care and support plan.

Personal health budgets offer is a requirement for CCG's within the NHS Oversight framework 2019/2020

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