Personalised commissioning

Some people with long-term complex health needs qualify for free health and social care arranged and funded by the NHS, the Local Authority and sometimes by a third party. This funding is known as NHS continuing healthcare and is arranged/commissioned by the personalised commissioning department at our CCG.

In our area, children, young people and adults and can be given funding for continuing healthcare which can be provided in a variety of settings outside hospital, such as in a person’s own home or in a care home.

To be eligible for continuing healthcare funding, a person must be assessed by health and social care professionals. A decision about funding should usually be made within 28 days.

You can find out more about continuing healthcare on the government website (opens in a new window).

Personal health budgets

A personal health budget is an amount of money to support someone’s health and wellbeing needs, which is planned and agreed between the individual or their representative, and our CCG. It isn’t new money, but a different way of spending health funding to meet the needs of an individual.

Personal health budgets are a way of personalising care, based around what matters to people and their individual strengths and needs. They give disabled people and people with long term conditions more choice, control and flexibility over their healthcare.

A personal health budget may be used for a range of things to meet agreed health and wellbeing outcomes. This can include therapies, personal care and equipment. There are some restrictions in how the budget can be spent.

You can read more about personal health budgets, including frequently asked questions on the NHS England website (opens in a new window).

Contacting the personalised commissioning team

  • email:
  • phone: 01274 423003
  • write to: Personalised commissioning department, NHS Bradford District and Craven CCG, Scorex House, 1, Bolton Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 4AS

Continuing healthcare assessments during the coronavirus pandemic

Some people with long-term complex health needs qualify for care arranged and funded solely by the NHS. This is known as NHS continuing healthcare.

How continuing healthcare assessments are working during the coronavirus pandemic

Across England, NHS continuing healthcare assessments were put on hold between 19 March and 31 August 2020 to help the NHS respond to the coronavirus pandemic. This was a national decision made under the Government COVID-19 Hospital Discharge Service Requirements guidance. Throughout this period our Personalised Commissioning Team continued to receive referrals for assessments.

Nationally, NHS continuing healthcare assessments started again on 1 September 2020. Because we continued to receive referrals for assessment during the pause, there is currently a backlog of cases which need to be reviewed. Our team is working extremely hard to assess each case, with the most clinically urgent cases being managed first.

We understand that this will be a difficult time for patients, families and carers who are waiting for their cases to be assessed, but please be reassured that we are working hard to manage all cases, and our team will be in touch.

Further information

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