Personal health budgets are not new money, but may mean spending money differently to ensure that people get the care they need. The right to have a personal health budget currently only applies to adults receiving NHS Continuing Healthcare and children in receipt of continuing care, but all areas of England are being encouraged to offer personal health budgets to other patient groups.
The NHS Mandate sets an ambitious objective that between 50 to 100,000 people will have a personal health budget by 2020/21. The Planning Guidance for 2017/18 required Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to submit proposals for the numbers of personal health budgets to be in place by the end of 2019. The data collected here on quarterly activity will be used to monitor progress against these.
Personal Health Budgets submissions will be used as a measure for the CCG Improvement and Assessment Framework every three months. NHS England will use the national headline data in a variety of ways including internal and public reports/publications. CCG level data will be used internally to update regional and NHS England teams to inform CCG assurance. CCG level data will also be given to other relevant NHS England programmes for example transforming care.