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New expectations regarding personal health budgets in NHS Continuing Healthcare
Adults who are eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) funding, and children in receipt of continuing care have had a legal right to have a personal health budget since October 2014.

By April 2019, NHS England now expects that unless there are exceptional circumstances, everyone living in their own home who is in receipt of NHS Continuing Healthcare funding will be offered a personal health budget.

In May 2018, a letter was sent from NHS England to commissioners and senior NHS professionals to inform them of this change, and asking for local areas to make plans for personal health budgets to become the default delivery model in this area. The letter also included information about the support that would be available from NHS England.

Public consultation closes 8 June
Don’t miss the chance to have your say on the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England’s joint consultation on extending the legal rights to have a personal health budget or integrated personal budget. The consultation seeks views on extending rights to a range of people, including those with social care and health needs, people accessing mental health services, and armed forces personnel who are leaving services and eligible for ongoing NHS care.

Closing on 8 June 2018, the consultation follows the announcement on Wednesday 23 May 2018 at the Reform annual conference by Director James Sanderson that there are now 28,040 people benefiting from a personal health budget.

An easy read version of the consultation is also available.

Got a question about personal wheelchair budgets?
As part of work to improve wheelchair service provision and move towards more personalised care, personal wheelchair budgets are currently being introduced across England to replace the wheelchair voucher scheme. A series of newly published questions and answers about the scheme are now available on the NHS England website, for all commissioners and providers involved in introducing personal wheelchair budgets locally.

Also available on the learning network is a self-assessment tool, which is intended to help commissioners and providers collaboratively review local progress and plan for implementation.  For further support and to discuss local plans, please contact

The public consultation on extending the legal rights for people to have personal health budgets includes proposals for people accessing wheelchair services.

This is #myPHBstory
On Tuesday 9 May, Peoplehub, supported by NHS England, held an event that brought together people with personal health budgets to share their experiences of personalised care and celebrate the difference a personal health budget has made to their lives.

A new hashtag, #myPHBstory, was launched at the event, as a way to bring people together and use social media to share stories with others who might benefit from a personal health budget.

At the event, people made pledges to use social media and share their stories going forward. Several participants fed back that “there was a real buzz” at the event and one participant said “a lot of people went away enthused to make a difference.”

Follow the action and share stories by searching #myPHBstory on Twitter. For more information email


Guidance for personal health budget data collection
The personal health budget mandatory data collection guidance has now been updated including some small changes for 2018/19. From Quarter 1 2018/19 all questions are now mandatory. The guidance provides further details including a full list of questions being asked. This includes additional information regarding how many children whose primary need is a learning disability and/or autism had a personal health budget. For any questions please contact

Dying Matters
During Dying Matters Week 2018, NHS England’s Personalised Care Group published a series of blogs, focusing on different areas of end of life work.

Deputy Director, Simon Chapman, looked to the growing importance of personalised care and working with local communities to secure the future of health and social care.

National Clinical Director, Professor Bee Wee, spoke about how to get involved in Dying Matters activity during the week and beyond, and also normalising conversations around death and dying.

NHS England also hosted two blogs from external organisations, the Point of Care Foundation and Northern, Eastern and Western (NEW) Devon CCG. These blogs explored the Living Well To The Very End programme, and the difference that personal health budgets have made to end of life care in the South Hams.

Follow #WhatCanYouDo on social media to catch up with all Dying Matters Week activity.

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