What is a Personal Health Budget?

A Personal Health Budget (PHB) is an amount of money to support the identified healthcare and wellbeing needs of a person, which is planned and agreed with the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

CCGs are local NHS groups which buy healthcare services on people’s behalf. The CCG will decide if you are eligible for a PHB. A health professional such as a GP or care manager can refer to the CCG to make a decision.

PHBs aim to give people more choice and control over how money is spent using a Care and Support Plan that has been developed between the person and the NHS team. It sets out:

  • personal health and wellbeing needs,
  • the health outcomes to be achieved,
  • the amount of money in the budget,
  • and how the budget is spent.

A budget can be used for a range of things to help meet people’s needs. To find out more you can click here.

About PHB Support Service (PHBSS)

The PHBSS is a project delivered by a partnership between two well-established local organisations: Sefton Advocacy and Sefton Carers Centre who have been providing support to residents of Sefton for 25 years. It is for people receiving a PHB in Sefton. It is commissioned by Southport and Formby CCG and South Sefton CCG.

The PHBSS supports people through their Personal Health Budget (PHB) journey by:


  • Providing independent advocacy from Sefton Advocacy throughout the process.
  • Supporting people to plan how they’ll use their PHB.
  • Promoting the person’s place at the centre of all decisions.
  • Informing people of their legal and contractual responsibilities for managing their PHB.
  • Providing information on staff recruitment, training, retention and support - including employer responsibilities.
  • Providing payroll support to you as an employer.


We’re based in Sefton, and know the area.
We provide a comprehensive and personalised service.
We understand how busy people’s lives can be and aim to offer our support in a way that fits in with them.
The service is available at no cost to the individual.

“As a parent of a severely disabled child, navigating “the system” to get the support they need can be completely exhausting and isolating. You also feel on the back foot dealing with professionals who know the system well when you do not. Using the Sefton PHB Advocacy Service helped level the playing field and free me up to focus more on caring for my daughter. I’m hugely grateful and would highly recommend this service.”
Parent of a person in receipt of a PHB

Please contact us on 01704 500500 if you have any queries,
or email us at: [email protected]

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