Did you know that from October 2014, if you are eligible for NHS England Continuing Healthcare you have a “right to have” your own Personal Health Budget (PHB)?
To establish whether you are eligible for NHS England Continuing Healthcare four basic stages must be followed:
- Establish your needs
- The Local Authority will then decide whether it’s necessary to provide services in order to meet your needs
- If eligible, the Local Authority must decide upon the nature and extent of the services required to meet your needs
- You then have a choice as to whether you wish to receive a direct cash payment and effectively commission those identified services yourself or to receive the service directly.
What does this mean in reality?
Basically, if you are eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare you are entitled to control directly where and how that money is spent, if you so choose.
Personal Health Budgets have been designed to not only meet your clinical needs but to also meet your wellbeing needs; this is an important change in approach. A PHB recognises that one-size does not fit all, and is designed to support you to achieve your outcomes in different ways.
There is a significant shift in control from NHS England clinicians and local authorities determining your goals and dictating how they think you should achieve them, to empowering you to set your own objectives and the way in which you wish to realise them alongside the local NHS England team. This has to be a positive move by NHS England.
As a result of this shift, it’s important that you take the time to consider how Personal Health Budgets can meet your own unique needs in a much broader context than you will have been able to in the past.
An example of services or items that PHBs can be used for include:
- Personal Assistants (meeting your day-to-day care needs)
- Counselling (assisting you with the psychological impact of the condition)
- Computer (enabling you to learn, communicate and grow a support network)
- Sat nav (enable you to get out of the house and travel without getting lost)
- Drumming lessons (to give you a focus, a new skill and to improve your mental health)
- Yoga sessions (to give you pain relief, to exercise, to get you out of the house and to grow a new network of friends).
The use of PHBs (based on pilot projects) is expected to drive an improvement in an individual’s health and wellbeing alongside reducing visits to GPs, hospital and A&E use.
In addition, from April 2015, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) can also offer PHBs to people with long-term physical and/or mental health conditions that they feel may benefit from the additional flexibility and personal control that a PHB offers.
If you are a neurokinex client and have any questions with regards to the above then please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get in touch with you.
The neurokinex team