VIDEO: NHS England releases ‘What are Personal Health Budgets’ explainer video
A new short video has been released by NHS England & NHS Improvement to provide more clarity about Personal Health Budgets as the rollout of the scheme accelerates across England.
Designed for those with long-term health and care needs, Personal Health Budgets and Personal Wheelchair Budgets enable people to have more control and choice over their health & care support, forming a key component of the NHS’ Long Term Plan.
The budgets are agreed between individuals and clinicians after holistic assessments that examine people’s wider needs, leading to the creation of budgets that focus on health and wellbeing outcomes.
In October 2019, the Government confirmed over 70,000 people are already using the budgets – 40,000 of whom are wheelchair users – and announced its aim of increasing the figure to 200,000 people by 2024.
To fast-track the rollout, in December 2019 a change in the law enabled everyone eligible for an NHS wheelchair to legally have access to a personal health budget.
Despite the legal extension, there remains a degree of uncertainty and confusion regarding Personal Health Budgets and Personal Wheelchair Budgets amongst people, as well as amongst professionals in the mobility and independent living sector.
To help provide more clarity, NHS England and Improvement has produced a short video giving details regarding what the budgets are.
It comes after new NHS England guidance regarding Personal Wheelchair Budgets was issued to CCGs in 2019 as the organisations replace the current wheelchair voucher system.
Watch the explainer video below: