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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 50 to 100,000 people will have a personal health budget by 2020/21. The planning guidance for 2017/2018 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.

Launch and submission dates

Reporting period

Submission start date

Submission deadline date

Quarter 1

1 July 2019

15 July 2019

Quarter 2

1 October 2019

15 October 2019

Quarter 3

2 January 2020

16 January 2020

Quarter 4

1 April 2020

15 April 2020

Each reporting period is extended for a week after the submission deadline date. 

Further information


Last edited: 3 March 2021 10:57 am