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Personal Health Budgets are now the default offer. What next?

From 1 April 2019, all Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) must offer a Personal Health Budget (PHB) to eligible individuals. NHS SBS is working with a number of CCGs to help them deliver the personalisation care agenda through the use of our unique platform, PHBChoices.

Personal Health BudgetsThe NHS Long Term Plan has placed personalised care centre-stage with 200,000 individuals expected to benefit from the use of PHBs by 2023.

With PHBs now the default offer, many CCGs are wrestling with how to administer them efficiently and effectively.

PHBChoices is a financial management system interfaced into the Integrated Single Financial Environment (ISFE), incorporating a web-based care marketplace, where a variety of goods and services can be purchased by PHB holders using their online account and budget, enabling cashless transactions. PHBChoices can also be used by CCGs for the administration and management of Commissioning Packages of Care.

PHBChoices is the only solution interfaced into ISFE, making it simple and easy for CCGs to start using PHBChoices without the need for a protracted procurement process. There is no minimum term or contract value making it effectively 'pay as you go'.

NHS SBS is enhancing existing services, developing new services and forming partnerships to ensure PHBChoices continues to meet current and future demands of CCGs. In addition, we are exploring opportunities for inclusion on frameworks that can be accessed by both the NHS and other public sector organisations to further support integrated personalised commissioning.

We are working with HFMA to hold a roundtable event on 21 May 2019 to help promote and understand the issues around personalised care. A full feature of the discussion will be published in the July edition of the HFMA Healthcare Finance magazine.

To find out more about the benefits of PHBChoices for a CCG, please contact Jon Baker or Christopher Hirst. And follow us on social media - just search for @PHBChoices on Twitter and Linked In.

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