Personal Health Budgets – Blackpool CCG local offer

The NHS Mandate sets the expectation that from April 2015 CCGs will lead on a major expansion of PHBs, offering them to people with long-term conditions who could benefit. NHS England’s Forward view into action: planning for 2015/16, requires CCGs to develop their plans for introducing PHBs beyond NHS Continuing healthcare, stating that:

CCG’s lead a major expansion in 2015/16 in the offer and delivery of PHBs to people, where evidence indicates they could benefit

PHBs or integrated personal budgets across health and social care should be an option for people with a learning difficulties by April 2016

Local joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies should include clear goals on expanding PHBs.

CCG’s will need to continue to work alongside Local Authorities and schools on the implementation of integrated education, health and care plans, and the offer of a PHB for children with educational needs.

This is a new way of offering people more choice, flexibility and control over their care and support and it will take time to develop and expand. The way in which services are commissioned means that funding is tied up in block contracts and any changes must be implemented in line with commissioning and contracting cycles – this takes time. There isn’t any new money to expand this.

For more on Personal Health Budgets see here


Which organisations are involved in delivering personal health budgets locally?

This can be the NHS or Independent providers or family members who are employed by the cared for.

How can professionals and the public find out more information? 

For more information please contact Alix Driver – Personal Health Budget Lead on 01253 476831 or by emailing

How can people apply for a personal health budget?

It is the CCG’s intention is to extend the offer and availability of PHBs to more people in the future, but this will take time. To apply for a PHB please contact the PHB Lead as above.

Current Position

  • There are several forums for the discussion on the roll out of PHB; CCG Personal Health Budgets Group, Joint Health and Social Care SEND PHB Group and as part of the LD Transformation Fast Track action planning group to develop PHB for more challenging complex service users. For more information please click here
  • There are currently 17 CHC patients in receipt of PHB, many End of Life Fast track patients are also offered PHB in order for them to die in their preferred place of death.
  • We also commission PHB through the carers centre to provide respite in the form of carers’ breaks payments.

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