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Healthcare funding

Applying for NHS continuing healthcare funding

If you or the person you are organising care for has an ongoing health condition that requires long-term complex care or end of life support, then you may be able to apply for continuing healthcare funding.

NHS Continuing Healthcare describes a package of care that is fully funded by the NHS.

Continuing Healthcare funding, sometimes called CHC, is granted to people who have ongoing complex healthcare needs and are not staying in hospital. These funds can be granted to people who require a package of care to meet their complex care needs at home on a permanent basis, or to people who require complex palliative care at home for an unspecified but typically short period of time.

Continuing Healthcare criteria and assessment

In order to qualify, the primary need for receiving care must relate directly to health. The NHS describes this as a “primary health need”.

To find out if you qualify for continuing healthcare, individual needs must be assessed. You can ask for an assessment by contacting your local clinical commissioning group (CCG) directly or getting in touch with your GP. The CCG groups are responsible for the provision of NHS services in England and hold the budget for continuing healthcare funding. Individual needs will be assessed by a local continuing care team on behalf of the CCG group.

Following a screening process, a full Continuing Healthcare assessment will be carried out by a multidisciplinary team to determine whether a person is eligible for funding. The agreed recommendation is then presented to the local clinical commissioning group (CCG) for approval.

Once approved, the continuing healthcare team at the CCG can arrange a package of care with individual wishes in mind. Alternatively, a fast-track continuing healthcare assessment and packages can be implemented where an individual’s condition is deteriorating rapidly and they need end of life care at home.

We regularly work with continuing healthcare teams and families who present both long-term complex care and palliative cases. Our capability to form strong partnerships and respond with speed and professionalism gives confidence to our customers and the teams managing their cases.

Palliative care guide

As a palliative care and complex care provider. We have created a guide to provide you with the facts about palliative care, the funding support that’s available, and the different types of palliative care services in the UK.

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