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Greenwich CCG – Personal Health Budgets

Greenwich CCG commissioned Enabled City to provide easy-to-read patient leaflets that explain the Personal Health Budget process and licensed Word-Bank’s automated jargon busting software to improve online engagement with people accessing services and staff.
The information was aimed to be easily accessible to family carers who often speak English as a second language, and people with learning disabilities.


What is a Personal Health Budget?

A personal health budget is an amount of money that is spent on meeting the healthcare and wellbeing needs of people, generally those with a long term illness or disability. The NHS wants to make it easier for people and for them to get the NHS care that best suits them. Having a personal health budget is one way to achieve this.

Clients with a personal health budget can use it for a range of things to help you meet health and wellbeing goals, logo-PHB-not-allowedfor example therapies, personal care and equipment.

Personal Health Budgets are not allowed to be spent on things like gambling, debt repayment, alcohol or tobacco, or anything unlawful.

Types of Personal Health Budget

Notional budget – No money changes hands. You find out how much money is available and talk to your doctor or care manager about the different ways to spend that money on meeting your needs. They will then arrange the agreed care.

Direct payment – You get the cash to buy the services you and your doctor or care manager decide you need. You have to show what you have spent it on, but you buy and manage services yourself. A personal health budget is not the same as a direct payment.​

Real budget held by a third party – A different organisation or trust holds the money for you, helps you decide what you need and then buys the services you have chosen.

Applying for a Personal Health Budget in Greenwich

NHS Greenwich​ Clinical Commissioning Group offers Personal Health Budgets to anyone receiving NHS continuing healthcare but do not need to be in hospital. For example this may be provided for people with learning disabilities or people who are physically frail.

NHS Greenwich CCG Personal Health Budget leaflets

Go through the Personal Health Budgets leaflets in this order

  1. PHB Information for Patients & Families
  2. PHB Personal Health Budget Process
  3. PHB Direct Payments

Follow this link for easy-to-read leaflets or visit contact Greenwich