NHS Continuing Healthcare
Some people with long-term complex health needs qualify for free healthcare care arranged and funded solely by the NHS. This is known as NHS continuing Healthcare.
NHS Continuing Healthcare can be provided outside hospital, such as in your own home.
To be eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare, you must be assessed by a team of healthcare professionals (a multidisciplinary team). Integrated Care Boards, known as ICBs (the NHS organisations that commission local health services), must assess you for NHS Continuing Healthcare if it seems that you may need it.
For most people, there’s an initial checklist assessment, which is used to decide if you need a full assessment. However, if you need care urgently – for example, if you’re terminally ill – your assessment may be fast-tracked.
Find your local Integrated Care Board (ICB).
The team will look at all your care needs and relate them to:
- What help you need.
- How complex your needs are.
- How intense your needs can be.
- How unpredictable they are, including any risks to your health if the right care is not provided at the right time.
Your eligibility for NHS Continuing Healthcare depends on your assessed needs, and not on any particular diagnosis or condition.
If you’re eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare, the next stage is to arrange a care and support package that meets your assessed needs. We would be pleased to discuss creating your personal and bespoke care service with you. Please get in touch with our Commercial Team.
Depending on your situation, different options could be suitable for you, including support in your own home and the option of a personal health budget.
Find out more about NHS Continuing Healthcare
Children and young people
NHS Continuing Healthcare is for adults. Children and young people may receive a “Continuing Care Package” if they have needs arising from disability, accident or illness that cannot be met by existing universal or specialist services alone.
Find out more about the Children and Young People’s Continuing Care National Framework.