Personal Health Budgets

A Personal Health Budget (PHB) is an amount of money to support a person’s identified health and well-being needs. A PHB application is planned and agreed between the person, their representative or, in the case of children, their families, and Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). It is not new money; it is money that would normally have been spent by the NHS on the person’s care but used more flexibly to meet their identified needs.

If you have a PHB, you will be able to use it for a range of things to help you meet your health and well-being goals. For example, therapies, personal care and equipment. You will have control over your care and can co-ordinate it in a manner which supports your lifestyle and well-being.

Local offer

The local offer in Trafford currently extends to:

  • Adults who are eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) funding
  • Adults accessing support from the Community Learning Disability Team
  • Adults accessing support from the Community Mental Health Team
  • Adults accessing support from the Neurological Rehabilitation Team
  • Children and young people who are eligible for NHS Continuing Care (CC) funding
  • Children and young people (birth to 25) with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The PHB is likely to form part of their Personal Budget for their Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan.
  • Children and young people accessing services from the Complex and Additional Needs team (CAN)
  • Joint funded support and budgets for individuals that are eligible for both CCG and Social Care (Local Authority) funding

Who can I speak to for more information and advice about PHBs?

NHS Trafford CCG have a partnership with Healthwatch Trafford to provide information about Personal Health Budgets. Get in touch via email: info@healthwatchtrafford.co.uk or phone: 0300 999 0303, for further information.

For information about advocacy in relation to Personal Health Budgets, please contact Trafford Centre for Independent Living via email: advocacy@traffordcil.co.uk or phone: 0161 850 0645.

You can find out more information by visiting NHS England, and to view a selection of patient stories and shared experiences visit the NHS England YouTube channel.

Please click on the latest Personal Health Budget information leaflet for further details.

What can’t it be spent on?

You cannot spend the money on:

  • Anything illegal
  • Statutory acute services
  • Purchasing primary medical services provided by GP’s
  • Covering urgent or emergency treatment or admissions to hospital
  • Employing people in ways which breach employment regulations
  • Purchasing goods or services which do not meet agreed outcomes
  • Health assessments
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or counselling