Making personal health budgets sustainable

Until now personal health budgets have mainly been offered to people receiving NHS Continuing Healthcare. Services for this group of people are already commissioned on an individual basis, for example from home care providers. Offering personal health budgets in NHS Continuing Healthcare has little or no impact on mainstream NHS services.

More about making personal health budgets sustainable


NHS Five Year Forward View

Highlights the importance of enabling people to have greater choice over how their health is managed and the role of commissioning in supporting this.

The Forward View into action: planning for 2015/16

States that the NHS expects CCGs to “lead a major expansion in 2015/16 in the offer and delivery of personal health budgets to people, where evidence indicates they could benefit.”

Key resources

Making personal health budgets sustainable

Report from the Audit Commission focusing on ways to manage the financial risks that will be the most significant when commissioners are rolling out personal health budgets.

Personal health budgets for people with mental health problems in Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire pilot looked at how personal health budgets could work for people with complex, long term mental health needs.  As this worked so well, NHS Nene CCG and NHS Corby CCG decided to continue offering budgets to this group of people. They have recently published a report outlining their experience of making personal health budgets work for people with mental health needs.