​​​​Personal health budgets​

What is a personal health budget?

A personal health budget is an amount of money that is spent on meeting the healthcare and wellbeing needs of people, generally those with a long-term illness or disability. The NHS wants to make it easier for people to get the NHS care that best suits them. Having a personal health budget is one way we way we think we can achieve this.

If you have a personal health budget, you will be able to use it for a range of things to help you meet your health and wellbeing goals, for example therapies, personal care and equipment. You will not be able to pay for emergency care and care you normally get from a family doctor. You are also not allowed to spend the money on gambling, debt repayment, alcohol or tobacco, or anything unlawful.
 
A personal health budget can take three forms:
Notional budget - No money changes hands. You find out how much money is available and talk to your doctor or care manager about the different ways to spend that money on meeting your needs. They will then arrange the agreed care.

Real budget held by a third party - A different organisation or trust holds the money for you, helps you decide what you need and then buys the services you have chosen.

Direct payment - You get the cash to buy the services you and your doctor or care manager decide you need. You have to show what you have spent it on, but you buy and manage services yourself. A personal health budget is not the same as a direct payment.

Who is eligible to receive a PHB in Lewisham?

 

All adults (over 18) who are eligible for NHS Fully Funded Continuing Healthcare (eligibility criteria set out in National Framework for Continuing Healthcare Revised 2012).​

For Children and Young people a personal budget can be requested once they have completed an Education, Health and Care needs assessment and it has been confirmed that an Education, Health and Care plan will be required. A personal budget may also be requested during a statutory review of an existing Education, Health and Care plan. A personal budget can also be requested for children and young people in receipt of continuing care.

How can professionals and the public find out more information?

For adults please call the Continuing Healthcare team on 0208 314 9865 or email: continuingcare@nhs.net.   Leaflets giving more detail about PHB are available on request.​

Information on personal budgets for children with special educational needs and disabilities, can be found on Lewisham Council website. For more information you can contact the SEN Team, Tel:  020 3049 1475, Email:  sen@lewisham.gov.uk

 

Organisations involved in delivering PHBs locally

NHS Lewisham Continuing Healthcare Team

Laurence House, 1 Catford Road

Lewisham, SE6 1RU

Email: continuingcare@nhs.net

London Borough of Lewisham Direct Payments Team

Laurence House, 1 Catford Road

Lewisham, SE6 1RU

Email:  directpaymentteam@lewisham.gov.uk

Special Educational Needs

Kaleidoscope Child Development Centre

32 Rushey Green

SE6 4JF

Tel:  020 3049 1475

Email:  sen@lewisham.gov.uk

Short Breaks Service

Kaleidoscope Child Development Centre

32 Rushey Green

SE6 4JF

Email: shortbreaks@lewisham.gov.uk

Applying for a PHB

If you are an adult, with a GP in Lewisham who is in receipt of NHS Fully Funded Continuing Care and would like to apply for a Personal Health Budget or discuss this further, please contact the Continuing Health Care Team on 0208 314 9865.

If you would like to discuss personal budgets for a child or young person contact the SEN Team

Special Educational Needs

Kaleidoscope Child Development Centre

32 Rushey Green

SE6 4JF

Tel:  020 3049 1475

Email:  sen@lewisham.gov.uk

For more information please contact

Adults

Corinne Moocarme, Joint Commissioning Lead, Community Support and Care, Corinne.moocarme@nhs.net

0208 314 3342

Children and Young People

Caroline Doyle, Children and Young People's Commissioner, Children with Complex Needs,

caroline.doyle@lewisham.gov.uk