NHS Continuing Healthcare

NHS Continuing Healthcare is a free package of continuing care provided outside hospital, arranged and funded by the NHS, for people with ongoing health needs. Continuing care means care provided by health and social care professionals over an extended period of time, to meet an adult's physical or mental health needs caused by disability, accident or illness. You can get continuing healthcare in any setting including your own home, a hospice or care home.

If you need continuing care, your care needs are likely to be complex, substantial and ongoing, caused by disability or chronic illness, or following hospital treatment. It is not dependent on any particular disease, diagnosis or medical condition and is for anyone assessed as needing a certain level of health care.

Continuing care could include:-
  • healthcare provided by the NHS via for example, your GP
  • social and community care services provided by local authorities, for example personal care at home, the provision of meals, accessing day centre facilities or care provided in a care home

To confirm eligibility, your health would need to be assessed by a health professional. Their assessment will look at the treatment you receive, your symptoms, how severe your condition is and if there are any unexpected changes in condition that are difficult to manage and present a risk to you or to others. If your overall care needs show that your primary need is a health one, you should qualify for continuing healthcare. NHS Continuing Healthcare may also include support provided for your carer.

For further information and guidance, please contact your GP or the healthcare professional involved in your care or use the links below.

NHS Choices† - What is continuing healthcare?
NHS Choices† - Guide to continuing healthcare funding
NHS Redcar and Cleveland† - Personal health budgets
Age Concern† - Guide to continuing healthcare and NHS funded nursing care

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