What is NHS Continuing Healthcare Provision and am I entitled to receive it?
NHS Continuing Healthcare is a package of care for adults aged 18 or over
It is arranged and funded solely by the NHS and the patient is not liable to pay for the care. However, in order to receive NHS Continuing Healthcare funding individuals have to be assessed by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to determine whether the individual has a ‘primary health need’. This will only be available to a small number of individuals who have high levels of need. This process for determining eligibility is set out in the National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS funded Nursing Care (Revised 2018). The process involves a screening process and then a full assessment to determine if a person is eligible.
Eligibility for NHS continuing healthcare is not dependent on a particular disease, diagnosis or condition, or on the basis of who provides the care or where care is provided. If granted, NHS Continuing Healthcare can be used to pay for care in a wide variety of settings including a person’s home or a care home. The funding should be sufficient to cover all of the care needs identified in that person’s care plan. Initially the package will be reviewed every three months and then every 12 months to ensure that the individual is still eligible and that their needs are being met.
You can find further information about NHS Continuing Healthcare on the NHS website.
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