Personal Health Budgets
Minister of State for Care Services Norman Lamb announced the national roll out of personal health budgets on 30 November 2012. This follows the three year pilot programme in the NHS, which ended in October 2012, and the publication of an independent evaluation report, led by the University of Kent.
Personal health budgets are initially available for people who are eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare, who have had a ‘right to ask’ for a personal health budgets since April 2014 and this becomes a ‘right to have’ a budget from October 2014. Clinicians can also offer personal health budgets to others that they feel may benefit from the additional flexibility and control. The NHS Mandate commits to a further roll out of personal health budgets to people who could benefit from April 2015.
Please refer to the NHS England – Personal Health Budgets website for more information.