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Personal health budgets

People who have been detained under certain sections of the Mental Health Act (not Section 2) may be eligible for free health and support after they leave hospital. This is known as Section 117 Aftercare. If they are eligible for this, they have the right to a personal health budget (PHB).

A personal health budget is an amount of money that is spent on meeting a person’s health and wellbeing needs. It is planned and agreed between the person (or someone chosen to represent them) and their local NHS team. A personal health budget lets people manage their own healthcare needs in a way that suits them. It can be spent on different things such as certain types of treatment, equipment, and personal care.

It is similar a personal budget, which gives flexibility to people and lets them manage and pay for their social care needs.

For more information about personal health budgets, please go to: www.buckinghamshireccg.nhs.uk/public/your-health/continuing-health-care/personal-health-budgets/.