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Changes to Personal Health Budget Eligibility

Posted in General News on Friday, March 1st, 2019

Traditionally personal health budgets are administered to those who are receiving NHS funded healthcare outside hospital. This can either be in their own home by means of an employed carer or in a care home. However, the government has recently announced that the eligibility for these packages will be extended to wheelchair users and those receiving aftercare under the Mental Health Act. Personal health budgets are agreed upon by the individual, or a person representing them, and their local NHS team, and they give people the opportunity to decide upon the health and care support they require. This could include; specialised wheelchairs, money for a trained personal assistant or an assistance dog to reduce the need to employ a carer.

There are currently more than 40,000 people with personal care budgets in England and the government is looking for this to increase to 200,000 people by 2024. On top of making personal health budgets available to wheelchair users and those who are receiving aftercare under the Mental Health Act, the government plans to provide budgets to people with learning difficulties, those with autism, veterans, and people who are receiving adult social care support. The plans to increase the amount of people eligible for personal health budgets are part of the NHS Long Term Plan which aims to make personalised care available to a total of 2.5 million people by 2024. In order to achieve this goal the NHS is also keen to increase the amount of social prescribing. Social prescribing refers to the practice of GPs referring patients to take part in social activities within the community. James Sanderson, NHS England Director of Personalised Care, commented: “The NHS Long Term Plan will see more than 2.5 million patients benefit from measures like personal health budgets and social prescribing, which mean people have more choice and control over their health, wellbeing and treatment. Dealing with long-term health problems means moving away from a one-size-fits-all approach, and towards more tailored care, with 1,000 social prescribing workers in GP surgeries, closer working with voluntary groups and most importantly asking patients what support they need to live independently and well.”

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John colbert

Friday, March, 1st, 2019

This is a good thing it will give people a say in the care and cost of all there care

michael's Gravatar

Saturday, March, 2nd, 2019

However it is dressed up if the idea comes from the Tory Party it is some kind of veiled attempt to privatise our beloved NHS.. So please don't kid yourselves that you are kidding me..

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Carina little

Saturday, March, 2nd, 2019

Would this act as part of the whole funding package? As my daughter keeps being denied CHC and we are trying to secure 24hr care for her at the moment this would be provided solely by social care?

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Clare Brooks

Saturday, March, 2nd, 2019

Will it be means tested. Im a fulltime wheelchair user. How would I apply?