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Personal Health Budgets

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Your Personal Health Budget

A Personal Health Budget is an amount of money to support a person’s identified health and wellbeing needs, planned and agreed between the person and their local NHS teams. 

At the core of the Personal Health Budget is a personalised care and support plan. This sets out the health and wellbeing outcomes and how the Personal Health Budget will be spent to help the individual.

How Does It Work?

Your NHS worker or care coordinator will complete an assessment of needs by asking you questions about what you need for your health and wellbeing. Your assessment needs are calculated into a ‘indicative budget’, this is your budget allocation.

Your NHS worker or care coordinators will then work with you, and those that support you, to decide how best to use the Personal Health Budget. This is written in a support plan, which both you and your NHS worker or care coordinator must sign.

How Are Personal Health Budgets Managed?

Once a personal care plan has been agreed, the NHS money in a Personal Health Budget can be managed in three ways:

  • Direct Payment. The money is transferred directly to the individual, and they buy the goods and services in their care plan.
  • A notional budget. The NHS holds the money and buys or provides the goods and services the individual has chosen.
  • A budget held by a third party. An organisation legally independent of the individual and the NHS holds the money on their behalf and buys or provides the goods and services chosen.

How Do We Help With Your Personal Health Budget?

A Personal Health Budget gives you more choice and control over the support you receive. It allows you to think of new ways to meet your health and wellbeing needs, providing you with greater flexibility over how and when you receive care.  

Our team can help you with:

  • Support from our team of Independent Living Coordinators based across Cumbria
  • Staff recruitment, employment contracts and insurance
  • Advice on employment matters, arranging DBS checks and training for your staff
  • Running a fully supported Payroll Service for your staff

For people who need additional support, our team also provide a Managed Accounts Service. From making payments to paying Personal Assistants, our team will work with you to help you manage your Personal Health Budget.

Get in touch

To find out more, reach out to our team by:

– Calling: 01228 317070

– Emailing: [email protected]

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Meet the Direct Payments team

  • Chris
    Independent Living Coordinator
  • Debbie
    Independent Living Coordinator
  • Gary
    Independent Living Coordinator Manager
    01228 236358
  • Isla
    Independent Living Coordinator - Carlisle
    01228 474961
  • Judith
    Payroll and Accounts Manager
  • Kinga
    Payroll Officer
  • Lauren
    Payroll Officer
  • Linda
    Payroll Officer
  • Megan
    Payroll Team Leader
  • Michael
    Managed Accounts Officer
  • Rachael
    Training Co-ordinator
  • Sara
    Independent Living Coordinator - Eden
    01228 474809
  • Sarah
    Managed Accounts Officer
  • Shauna
    Independent Living Coordinator - South Lakes & Furness
    01228 236371
  • Stef
    Payroll Officer

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