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Personal Health Budget events

User AvatarPosted by Paul Davey at 02/02/2016 10:39:11

A Personal Health Budget (PHB) is an amount of money to support the identified healthcare and well-being needs of an individual.  

PHBs enable patients with long-term conditions and disabilities to have greater choice and control over their healthcare and the support they receive. PHBs are built around a care plan, agreed with one or more health professionals.

They aim to give people more control over their healthcare and support. People being offered a budget should be made aware of what this means, what support they can receive and the information/advice available locally.

Since 2009 Government has been piloting PHBs concentrating on people with six long-term conditions:

  1. Mental health
  2. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  3. Long-term neurological conditions
  4. Stroke
  5. Diabetes
  6. Eligible for NHS continuing healthcare. 

From October 2014 adults and children who are eligible for NHS continuing healthcare have a right to request a PHB.  Then in the ‘Five-Year Forward View’,  published in 2014, the government asks NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to set out a local offer on PHBs by March, 2016. 

NHS Thanet CCG wanted their offer to be co-designed with patients from the outset, so in November 2015 they held a workshop to look at how PHBs might be offered to people in Thanet as one part of the wider self-care agenda.

The priority now is to establish the criteria for mental health. Two further events have been organised to enable local people and health and social care providers to have their say:

  • Provider Event
  • Tuesday 9 February 2016 
  • 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm
  • Dashwood Medical Practice, 158-160 Grange Rd, Ramsgate, Kent CT11 9PR 

  • Patient/Carer Event 
  • Thursday 18 February 2016 
  • 1.30 pm – 5.00 pm Trinity Community Resource Centre, St Mary’s Avenue,  
  • Margate, Kent, CT9 3TW

If you are interested in attending these events, or want to find out more, speak to Kuldeep Dhillon on 07810 – 856178 or email kuldeep.dhillon1@nhs.net.