Updated 25 March 2019
What is NHS Continuing Healthcare?
NHS Continuing Healthcare is a package of on-going care that is arranged and funded by the NHS for individuals with a ‘primary health need’. More information about NHS Continuing Healthcare is available here.
Primary health needs are determined by and, set out in, the National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing Care October 2018 (Revised). In addition to the October 2018 revision of the National Framework, there is also an update to the Practice Guidance and the annexes that accompany the Framework. The following documents have also been updated and clarified:
- Checklist (from Oct 2018),
- Decision Support Tool (from Oct 2018)
- Fast Track Pathway Tool (from Oct 2018)
More information is available in the national NHS Continuing Healthcare Public Information Leaflet and in the easy read book 'What is NHS Continuing Healthcare'.
Watch the video from NHS England that explains more about the continuing healthcare processes, including assessments.
Assessment for NHS Continuing Healthcare
A health and social care professional such as a social worker, district nurse, GP, or other specialist healthcare professional can refer individuals to Continuing Healthcare Care (CHC) funding. Individuals that are not in contact with health and care professionals, but believe that they may be eligible for funding, can also contact the Continuing Healthcare (CHC) team.
A CHC assessor visit individuals and completes a ‘checklist’ to see if they meet the criteria for a full referral to CHC. This checklist is a screening tool used to identify if an individual needs to be referred for full consideration or whether they qualify for NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding.
Read more about the NHS Continuing Healthcare Checklist October 2018 (Revised) or download and complete the application form and return to the Continuing Healthcare Team.
Fast Track assessment for NHS Continuing Healthcare
The Fast Track Tool is used if you have a rapidly deteriorating condition and may be entering a terminal phase (The National Framework, pages 63-67).
Information and advice service (Advocacy)
Independent information and advice service through a social enterprise called Beacon. Advice is accessible in the form of free and comprehensive written guidance, and individuals are also able to access up to 90 minutes of free advice with a trained NHS continuing healthcare adviser 0345 548 0300. For further information and to access this service please see the Beacon website.
Contacting the Continuing Healthcare Team
Write to 1st Floor, Building 2, Amy Johnson Way, Clifton Moor, York, YO30 4XT
Phone 0300 303 8294 (9am – 4:30pm, Monday to Friday)
An important note
Please be advised that, unless encrypted, emails are not secure and are sent at your own risk when enclosing personal or sensitive information.
For free online training go to https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/continuing-healthcare/
Download the NHS Continuing Healthcare Consent Form here.