Personal Health Budgets

Personal Health Budgets: Guidance for GPs

The RCGP has produced a practical guide to support GPs in the introduction of personal health budgets in England. It explains what personal health budgets are, who might use them and how they can be implemented in a way that will benefit patients.

The guide has been written by a group with first-hand experience of personal health budgets in the pilot sites, including GPs and personal health budget managers.

RCGP Personal Health Budgets Position Statement

The Government has committed to rolling out personal health budgets, initially for those currently receiving NHS Continuing Healthcare in England. The budget is intended to cover the individual’s health needs within the context of a care plan to achieve agreed health outcomes.

This position statement draws on the evidence available so far from the pilots and other sources to set out the RCGP’s policy position on personal health budgets. It considers the benefits, risks and challenges associated with personal health budgets and makes recommendations concerning the policy framework for their introduction.

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