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Personal Health Budget (PHB)

A Personal Health Budget (PHB) is one way of personalising people's care to ensure they get the care they need. A personal health budget is an amount of money to support a person's identified health and wellbeing needs, planned and agreed between the person and their local NHS team, or with a partner organisation on behalf of the NHS (such as a local authority).

The NHS Mandate sets an ambitious objective that between 200,000 people will have a personal health budget by 2021/22. The Operational Planning Guidance required Integrated Health Boards (ICBs) to submit trajectories via their ICS for the numbers of personal health budgets to be in place by end 2023/24. In December 2019 the legal ‘right to have’ a personal health budget was extended from NHS continuing healthcare, and children and young people’s continuing care to include Section 117 Mental Health Aftercare and people eligible for wheelchair services (Personal Wheelchair Budgets). The data collected will be used to monitor progress against trajectories and the roll out in areas with a legal right.

Personal Health Budgets submissions will be used as a measure for the ICB 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. ICB level data will be used internally to update regional and NHS England teams to inform ICB assurance. ICB level data will also be given to other relevant NHS England programmes for example transforming care.


Launch and submission dates

Reporting period

Submission start date

Submission deadline date

Quarter 1 23/24 3 July 2023 17 July 2023

Quarter 2 23/24

2 October 2023

16 October 2023

Quarter 3 23/24

2 January 2024

16 January 2024

Quarter 4 23/24

1 April 2024

15 April 2024

Further information


Last edited: 11 April 2023 11:11 am