Personal Health Budgets are offered by Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group, they are currently only available for those children and young people who have been assessed as eligible for NHS Continuing Care funding for children and young people. Personal health budgets are also called a PHB. They are an amount of money available to children and young people with long term conditions and/or learning disabilities. Having a PHB does not affect the money you get from other benefits. The aim of the PHB is to support families to have greater choice, flexibility and control over the healthcare and support that their child receives to meet their assessed needs.

You will develop a plan with your PHB advisor which sets out your child's personal health and well-being needs, the health outcomes you want them to achieve, the amount of money in the budget and how you are going to spend it in order to meet the outcomes. PHB’s are currently only available for those children and young people who already receive NHS Continuing Care under the NHS Continuing Care for Children and Young People Framework, 2010 or who are diagnosed with a Long-Term Condition. If you feel that a PHB would benefit your child, we can arrange for someone to come and talk to you about this further about how PHB’s can work for you. Your Continuing Care funding and care package will remain in place if you choose not to have a personal health budget. It is completely voluntary You can spend your budget on anything lawful that meets your child’s identified outcomes. Your support plan has to be agreed with Warrington CCG and Warrington Borough Council, before you receive the funding.

Here are some ideas how you could spend your personal health budget:-

• a personal assistant to help you with your daily life, or getting out and about. This means you can choose people you like, who have the right skills to give you the support you want.

• residential or nursing home care, or paying a carer to live in your home to help you.

• special equipment or changes to your home that help you do everyday tasks.

There are certain things that a personal health budget cannot be used for:

• emergency care • surgical procedures

• services that are already provided for everyone by the NHS free of charge such as the service your GP provides

• prescription or dental charges

• alcohol, gambling or tobacco

• repaying a debt

• anything unlawful

PHB’s are currently only available for those children and young people who already receive NHS Continuing Care under the NHS Continuing Care for Children and Young People Framework, 2010 or who are diagnosed with a Long-Term Condition. Children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) who do not meet the criteria for a PHB may be eligible for a Personal Budget from Warrington Borough Council to meet the assessed needs outlined in their Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan.

If you feel your child or young person may be eligible for a PHB, please speak to your Social Worker or Health professional about making a referral to Warrington CCG.