25 February 2019

Government announces 200,000 people to control their own care with personal health budgets

Wheelchair users, people with mental health needs, learning disabilities and those receiving adult social care, will gain more power to choose the type of care they want, as part of government plans to give 200,000 people personal health budgets.

The Department of Health and Social Care have announced plans to increase the number of personal health budgets, targeting 200,000 by 2024. The current number is 40,000. 

What are personal health budgets? 

The personal health budgets are intended to give people greater control over their care with money that supports a person’s identified care needs. This is agreed between the individual and their NHS team or healthcare professional but it is not new money, only a different way of spending it.

The budget can, for example, be spent on specially adapted wheelchairs, a choice of personal assistants who can be trained, technology and assistance dogs to reduce reliance on a carer.

In response to this announcement, Caroline Dinenage, the Minister for Care, stated that:

“I’ve seen first-hand how personal health budgets can give people a new lease of life, granting them the ability to enjoy their lives to the full. 

"These budgets help to join up health and social care services, improving people’s experiences and outcomes whilst ensuring value for money for taxpayers.

“We are therefore extending access so many more people can benefit, a key part of our NHS Long Term Plan which will see personalised care become the norm for millions more.”

Increasing access to personal health budgets is part of the NHS Long Term Plan, which aims to extend personalised care to 2.5 million people by 2024.

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Newcross provides healthcare and complex care services for both adults and children. Whether you require personal care support or an alternative to residential admission, we will work with you and your family to create a personalised support plan to provide suitably skilled nurses or healthcare assistants for your care package.

Contact your local branch to find out what we could do for you.