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What is a personal health budget?

A personal health budget is an amount of money to support a patients identified healthcare and wellbeing needs. It is planned and agreed between the patient, or patients representative, and local NHS team.

At the centre of a personal health budget is the care plan. This plan helps the patient decide their health and wellbeing goals, together with the local NHS team who offer support, and set out how the budget will be spent.

Key points:

  • The patient should have more flexibility, choice and control over the healthcare and support they receive.

  • Individuals will not have to get healthcare in this way if they don’t want to.

  • NHS and social care organisations should work in partnership with the patient and with each other.

  • If the patient isn’t able to have a personal health budget, they can still speak to the local NHS team about how their needs can be met in another way, personal to them.