What is NHS Continuing Healthcare?
NHS continuing healthcare is an ongoing package of health and social care that is arranged and funded solely by the NHS where an individual is found to have a primary health need. Such care is provided to an individual aged 18 or over to meet needs that have arisen as a result of disability, accident or illness.
Who is eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare?
People over 18 years of age who have been assessed as having a 'primary health need' are entitled to NHS Continuing Healthcare. Eligibility for NHS Continuing Healthcare is not dependent on a particular disease, diagnosis or condition, nor on who provides the care or where that care is provided. To determine whether or not you have a primary health need there will be an assessment of elibility. A multi-disciplinary team of professionals will assess whether or not you have a primary health need.
What services can I receive if I am entitled to NHS Continuing Healthcare?
If you are eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare, your Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will be responsible for your care planning, commissioning services and your case management. The CCG will discuss options with you as to how your care and support needs will be best provided for and managed.
Will I have to pay for NHS Continuing Healthcare?
No. The NHS care package provided should meet your health and associated social care needs as identified in your care plan. The care plan should set out the services to be funded and/or provided by the NHS. In some circumstances you may wish to purchase additional private care services, but this decision must be voluntary. Any additional services that you choose to purchase should not be meeting the assessed needs for which CCG is responsible.
Does NHS Continuing Healthcare last forever?
Not necessarily. Once eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare, your care will be funded by the NHS. You should normally have a review of your care package after three months, and then every twelve months. The focus of these reviews should be on whether your care plan or arrangements remain appropriate to meet your needs.
Who do I contact to discuss NHS Continuing Healthcare?
You can contact the following numbers to discuss continuing healthcare:
Greater Notts (Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe) 0115 883 4720
Mid Notts (Mansfield, Ashfield, Newark and Sherwood) 01623 785450
Bassetlaw - contact the single point of access on telephone: 01777 274 422