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'Personal Health Budgets'
Thursday 14th May
What are 'Personal Health Budgets?'
Some people already have a ‘Personal Budget’ from the local authority which helps pay for support from social services. ‘Personal Health Budgets’ work in a similar way but it is money to pay for NHS healthcare.
People who meet the requirements for ‘NHS Continuing Healthcare’ have a right to ask for a ‘Personal Health Budget’. This is for people who need a lot of help because of their health.
The person receiving the healthcare will work together with health professionals (e.g. doctor, nurse, care manager) to agree how to spend the money to best meet their needs; this is called the care plan. This means the person should have more of a say over their healthcare.
The budget can be used for things like: personal care; doing things that keep someone well; and equipment to help meet needs.
If you would like more information about Personal Health Budgets you can contact us on 0191 275 5060 or speak to your GP. Newcastle Carers has been awarded a grant from NHS England for the ‘Gearing Up for Personal Health Budgets’ programme to provide advice, information and support around personal health budgets locally.