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Personal health budgets

Real stories

Read the personal stories below, which illustrate the choices people made who took part in the personal health budget pilot programme. Get an idea of how to use a personal health budget and see the positive impact it has on people's health and wellbeing.

Razia's story

Razia, from Merseyside, needed hospital treatment and counselling after leaving an abusive relationship. She was given accommodation in an area where she didn't know anyone and felt very isolated. In order to attend college and her medical and counselling appointments she had to travel long distances. With a personal health budget Razia was able to pay for a bus/train pass to reach her vital appointments. She also was able to buy a computer to help her keep up with college studies and maintain supportive email contact with her family overseas. 

Marion and Charles's story

Charles, 70, from Dover, Kent, is severely ill with a movement disorder. His wife, Marion, 66, is his main carer. A personal health budget enables Marion to pay for an agency carer who looks after Charles for a few hours every week. This allows Marion to take some vital respite time.

Louise and Mary's story

Louise, 90 and from West Sussex, has Alzheimer's disease. Her personal health budget pays for personal assistants to care for her at home, rather than a nursing home. As a result, Louise's quality of life has 'increased exponentially' says her daughter Mary.

Pat's story

Pat, 64, from Birmingham, uses her personal health budget to make significant improvements to her health and wellbeing. To manage her chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) she bought an exercise bike that she shares with other members of her COPD support group.

    Tom's story

    Tom, 18 and from Dorset, lives and works on the family farm. Tom lost the use of his left side after a brain haemorrhage. With his personal health budget, he was able to rehabilitate at home, rather than in hospital. Combined with a return to physical work on the farm, this approach helped Tom’s left-side functioning improve dramatically. He returned to work six months earlier than expected.

    Page last reviewed: 26/01/2015

    Next review due: 26/01/2017

    Media last reviewed: 25/02/2015

    Next review due: 25/02/2017