As many of you may know, last Thursday (9 March 2017), our official local parents/carers forum Haringey Involve organised an event about therapies in the borough of Haringey. In this event, which sendPACT also attended, emerged a quite interesting topic: the Personal Health Budget.
It seems this could be another option of budget allocation that can allow parents/carers to pay directly for your child’s therapies as long as certain requirements are met.
We are really thankful to the group “Mark My Words Minnie Caldwell, No Good Will Come Of It“ as they had put together the following brief overview to inform parents/carers. You can also join their Facebook group here. I hope this will be useful to our SEND community.
“Mark my words Minnie Caldwell, no good will come of it” on
PERSONAL BUDGETS : some notes and links following the event
- Personal Budgets for those with EHCPs
- Personal HEALTH budgets for those with Continuing Care
- Personal HEALTH budgets for those with EHCPs
- Personal WHEELCHAIR budgets
Very brief overview
Those entitled to PHB has changed and now includes those with EHCPs not just Continuing care The NHS states that this is not “new money” but money already allocated.
1.PERSONAL BUDGETS FOR THOSE WITH EHCPS
You can only request at TWO SPECIFIED TIMES:
Request for a personal budget including direct payments
4.(1) A child’s parent or a young person may make a request to a local authority for a personal budget, including a request for direct payments, at any time during the period in which—
(a) the draft EHC plan is being prepared in accordance with section 38 of the 2014 Act; or
(b) the EHC plan is being reviewed or re-assessed
2.PERSONAL HEALTH BUDGETS FOR THOSE WITH CONTINUING CARE (ie Nurses)
Guidance on the “right to have” a Personal Health Budget in Adult NHS Continuing Healthcare and Children and Young People’s Continuing Care
3 PERSONAL HEALTH BUDGETS FOR THOSE WITH EHCPS
Personal Health Budget for those with EHCPs(health personal budgets are possible theoretically through EHC but only where there would be a health contribution, at the moment the health contribution is made through commissioned services so they’d have to disaggregate that budget from contracts to make that possible).
New guidance to include those with EHCP’s is called : Frequently asked questions: Introducing personal health budgets beyond NHS Continuing Healthcare
4.PERSONAL WHEELCHAIR BUDGETS (from England.nhs.uk)
The aim is to roll out “personal wheelchair budgets” nationally from April 2017, to cover everyone who accesses the current wheelchair voucher scheme.