From 1 September 2020, the government has announced that NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) assessments in the community, 3 and 12 month reviews, and individual requests to review eligibility decisions (local resolution and independent review) will restart. View the Reintroduction of NHS continuing healthcare (NHS CHC) guidance.
NHS Salford CCG will be working with local health and social care systems to visit individuals in the community to assess current care needs and consider eligibility for NHS CHC where appropriate. During this assessment period NHS Salford CCG will fund the care you require either in a care home or within your own home with District Nursing support.
NHS Continuing Healthcare means a package of ongoing care that is arranged and funded solely by the National Health Service (NHS) specifically for the relatively small number of individuals (with high levels of need) who are found to have a ‘primary health need’. Such care is provided to an individual aged 18 or over to meet health and associated social care needs that have arisen as a result of disability, accident or illness.
NHS Continuing Healthcare is free, unlike support provided by local authorities, which may involve the individual making a financial contribution depending on income and savings. It is the responsibility of the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to decide the appropriate package of support for someone 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.
There is a screening process with a Checklist followed by a full assessment of eligibility which help determine whether or not someone is eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare. More information on these processes is below.
- National Framework for NHS Continuing Care and NHS-funded nursing care
- Salford CCG Continuing Healthcare Policy
- Guidance for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing Care
- NHS continuing healthcare decision support tool (October 2018)
- Fast Track Tool
- Delayed Discharges
- Funded Care Local Resolution Process
Contact our NHS Funded Care Team
The above film is a guide for individuals and their families to NHS Continuing Healthcare and what to expect throughout the complex assessment process.
- Care Quality Commission (CQC)
- Department of Health
- NHS England
- Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
- Advocacy Service
- Mental Capacity Act
'Capacity' is defined in the Mental Health Act 2007. If an individual does not have 'capacity' they may need an independent advocate.