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100,000 patients to receive personal health budgets under changed law

  • Specially adapted wheelchairs designed to maximize independence;
  • A choice of personal care assistants who can be trained to meet the individual's needs;
  • Exercise classes to help maintain a healthy lifestyle, gain confidence and reduce stress.

Over 70,000 people are already benefiting from personal health budgets, helping people with complex needs stay healthy and independent for longer.

As part of the NHS Long Term Plan, the health system will increase access so 200,000 people can receive one by 2024.

The NHS Long Term Plan aims to expand personalized care. This will be given to 2.5 million people by 2024 through measures including personal health budgets and social prescribing, where people are referred by their GPs to local community or voluntary activities.

Last year DHSC and NHS England consulted on extending the right to a personal health budget. The consultation revealed strong support, with nearly 9 out of 10 respondents supporting the proposals.

The NHS will continue to explore the extension of legal rights to other groups covered by appropriate consultation, including people with ongoing mental health needs and those with learning disabilities.

Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, said:

“Everyone deserves the right to make decisions about their care, and health and care should be centered around each and every one of us, not a one-size-fits-all approach.

“Our NHS Long Term Plan has personalized care at its core. This important piece of legislation puts power back into the hands of more people, transforming wellbeing and quality of life for thousands while also reducing distress and avoidable hospital trips. ”

Minister for Care Caroline Dinenage said:

“Seeing for myself how personal health budgets are giving people a new lease of life, opens up possibilities to let them live their lives fully.

“This extension of legal rights will give many more people independence, in how they are cared for, improving their experiences while providing value for money for taxpayers.

"This is an important step in our NHS Long Term Plan to see personalized care become the norm for thousands more across the country."

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