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

NHS England guidance states that the people who fall under the following have the right to have a PHB, and be offered a direct payment:

  • Adults eligible for Continuing Healthcare
  • Children and young people eligible for Continuing Care

Outside of this, each locality was asked to create a wider local offer to allow more patients the opportunity for Personalised Care. In Trafford, this offer currently extends to the above and now includes:

  • Adults accessing Community Learning Disability Team
  • Adults accessing Community Mental Health Team
  • Adults accessing Community Neuro Rehab Team
  • Adults at end of life
  • Adults under Section 117
  • Patients under the Transforming Care agenda
  • Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
  • Children and young people accessing Complex and Additional Needs team
  • Joint funded support and budgets.

Meet your team

The Personal Health Budgets Programme Office are:

  • Merry Leslee: Head of Individualised Care / Personalisation Lead
  • Faye O’Herlihy: Project Support Officer
  • Henry Areo: Administrative Officer

Please click here to view their profiles.

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