The roll out of personal health budgets has been announced today by Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb.

These budgets are an amount of money given to someone, to help them design a package of care support from medical professionals and others, giving them more control over the nature of the care and treatment they receive.

Personal health budgets have been piloted at 20 sites throughout the country for the last 3 years, and an independent evaluation of the pilot programme published today has found that people who have used a personal health budget have:

  • Improved quality of life
  • Half of the people eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare chose to take the offer of a budget, this could imply a potential saving of around £90 million
  • The amount of times people had to attend hospital decreased overall.

Read the evaluation report on the personal health budgets website

The people that benefited from using a personal health budget were those with high and complex health needs.  Therefore the national roll out will initially target people who are currently getting NHS Continuing Healthcare. By April 2014 up to 56,000 people on the NHS Continuing Healthcare scheme will have the right to ask for a personal health budget. It is also hoped that clinical commissioning groups (CCG’s) will offer a personal health budget to more people with long term conditions.

Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb said:

“Independent analysis has now shown that personal health budgets can put people back in control of their care and make a significant difference to their quality of life. It’s inspiring to hear the human stories of success that these budgets have brought to people. The evaluation shows that those with the greatest needs benefit most from personal health budgets. That’s why we are giving people on NHS continuing healthcare the chance to get one first. And, I hope more people who could benefit will be given the option of one.”

HomeCareDirect have been supporting personal budgets for both health and social care for over 10 years and are very pleased that the NHS is welcoming personal health budgets and recognising that when people have more choice and control over their care that they are happier and healthier.