A Personal Budget is a sum of money allocated to an individual to meet their care and support needs. In some counties the funding ‘pots’ involved are:
The person may choose to take all of the money as a Direct Payment to purchase services themselves, or have adult social care manage the budget on their behalf.
The advantage is that the person can choose to buy / do things that are not normally provided by adult social care. This may mean they get more involved in their community activities and ‘services’.
The person must:
A Support Plan describes what a person wants to change about their life and how they will use their Personal Budget to make these changes happen.
The Local Authority has to agree that your support plan will meet your assessed needs and your plan should answer these questions:
Services for Independent Living can provide support planning as a purchased service. For more information go to our direct payment services for more information.
Services for Independent Living can also provide support for managing a Personal Health Budget (PHB). PHBs are awarded by the NHS Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, and are currently offered to anyone receiving NHS continuing healthcare but do not need to be in hospital. At the centre of your PHB is your care plan, which helps you decide your health and wellbeing goals, together with the local NHS team who support you, and set out how your budget will be spent to enable you to reach them and keep healthy and safe.
For more information about PHBs contact Herefordshire CCG, 01432 383822.