Personal Health Budgets

What is a Personal Health Budget?

A personal health budget (PHB) is an amount of money to support healthcare and wellbeing needs that is planned and agreed between the patient and their local NHS team.

Why are PHBs being introduced?

The idea behind PHBs is to give people with long term conditions and disabilities greater choice and control over the healthcare and support that they receive.  The PHB covers non-medical support services such as therapy and nursing services, home care, day care and meal services, complementary therapies, mobility assistance, leisure services and equipment.

When will PHBs be implemented?

Pilot programmes were begun in 2009 and their implantation nationally will begin with patients receiving NHS Continuing Care having the right to ask for a PHB by April 2014.

PHBs in the news

Do personal health budgets improve quality of life for patients ( The Kings Fund blog: 12 December 2012)

Concern at hasty PHB launch (BMA News, Views & Analysis: 4 December 2012)

RCN Comments on Personal Health Budgets announcement (Royal College of Nursing Press Release: 30 November 2012)




Evaluation of the personal health budget pilot programme
Forder, J., Jones, K.,  Glendinning, C., et al. PSSRU Discussion Paper. November 2012
The Dutch Experience