As of April 2014 people receiving NHS continuing healthcare will have the right to ask for the option of a Personal Health Budget. From October 2014, they will be entitled to receive one. Personal Health Budgets can be given in the form of Direct Payments.
Personal health budgets are an allocation of money provided by the NHS to support identified healthcare needs. These allocations can be given directly to the person who is looking to receive care and can be used to set up a care package with a provider of their choice.