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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 (e.g. local authority).

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 200,000 people will have a personal health budget by 2021/22. The Operational Planning Guidance required CCGs 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 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.

Launch and submission dates

Reporting period

Submission start date

Submission deadline date

Quarter 2

1 October 2021

15 October 2021

Quarter 3

3 January 2022

17 January 2022

Quarter 4

1 April 2022

15 April 2022

Further information


Last edited: 13 September 2021 1:18 pm