What is continuing care?
NHS continuing healthcare is a package of ongoing care that is arranged and funded by the NHS where the individual has been found to have a ‘primary health need'(following their criteria guidelines). Such care is provided to an individual aged over 18, to meet needs that have arisen as a result of disability, accident or illness.
Where does the care take place?
This package of care can be in a care setting or in a person’s own home.
How do they decide who is eligible?
Any decision about whether someone is eligible for NHS continuing healthcare is based only on their needs. A CCG(Clinical Commissioning Group)continuing healthcare co-coordinator, or if the person is in hospital, other medical staff will arrange an assessment of the person’s needs.
What is ‘Fast -track’?
People who are nearing the end of their life, specifically those with a rapidly deteriorating condition that may be entering a terminal phase, may be assessed as having a primary health need. They may urgently need NHS continuing healthcare funding e.g. to allow them to go home to die or to allow end of life support to be set up.
How do I get an assessment?
To request an assessment you contact your local CCG and ask for the NHS continuing healthcare co-coordinator. You can find out the name of this co-coordinator at your local GP surgery or through your local patient advice and liaison service (PALS)