Personal Health Budgets

A personal health budget is an amount of money agreed by the CCG in conjunction with yourself or your personal representative i.e. an appropriate family member, legal guardian etc. that can help to support your healthcare and wellbeing outcomes. This is not new or additional money, but a different way of spending health funding to meet your needs.

In Portsmouth, personal health budgets are available to adults and children who are eligible for Continuing Healthcare within the community. This however, does not apply to people who receive care in residential or nursing homes. The CCG is also in the process of expanding the offer to individuals eligible to receive care and support when they are discharged from hospital having been placed in hospital under sections 3, 37, 47, 48 or 45A of the Mental Health Act 1983 (S117) and those meeting the criteria for wheelchair services.

At the centre of a personal health budget is a personalised care and support plan. This is an essential document that is agreed by the individuals case manager or named worker, and will include areas such as "what is important to me", "About me and my care", and "About me and my future".

All proposed personal health budgets will be considered by the CCG and will require evidence that the proposed costs are reasonable and appropriate in relation to your identified health and well being outcomes.

Eligible individuals will be given the opportunity to choose how they manage their personal health budget and will receive extra support and advice about their preferred option.

Further information can be found in our information leaflet or you can email (for Adult services) PersonalHealthBudget@secure.portsmouthcc.gov.uk, or (for Children's services) call (023) 9283 4270.

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