The Government has launched a Personal Health Budgets consultation to explore extending legal rights for personal health budgets and integrated personal budgets.
Personal health budgets are an amount of money to support an individual's healthcare and wellbeing needs agreed between the individual and their clinical commissioning group. They give people choice and control over how their health and wellbeing needs are met.
In his speech on the Government's seven key principles ahead of the Green Paper, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Jeremy Hunt said that the Government was intending to consult on Personal Health Budgets, 'in order to achieve better integration for those with the greatest ongoing social care needs as well as health needs.'
Work is being undertaken to explore how personal health budgets and personal budgets may be able to come together into a single, integrated, personal budget.
As part of this, the Government is asking for feedback on:
- Extending the right to have a personal health budget to specific groups of people.
- Extending the right to have an integrated personal budget to specific groups of people.
- Whether individuals would welcome the opportunity to incorporate additional funding streams into integrated personal budgets.
The consultation is available on the Department of Health and Social Care’s consultation site and closes on 8th June.