NHS continuing healthcare is the name given to a package of care which is arranged and funded solely by the NHS for individuals outside of hospital who have ongoing healthcare needs. You can receive continuing healthcare in any setting, including your own home or a care home. NHS continuing healthcare is free, unlike help from social services for which a financial charge may be made depending on your income and savings.
NHS Wigan Borough CCG 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.
The initial checklist assessment can be completed by a nurse, doctor, other healthcare professional or social worker. You should be told that you’re being assessed, and be asked for your consent.
Please note: From 1 November 2020 those applying for continuing healthcare, the forms that need submitting to the CCG are changing . Please use the Health Needs Assessment below:
In addition a consent form will require submitting, please use the relevant depending on individual circumstances:
- A shorter version is required for people who have full mental capacity
- The longer version is for people who lack the mental capacity to consent to the Continuing Healthcare (CHC) process.
The following documents give details of both local and national guidance for NHS Continuing Healthcare and for more detailed information please visit the NHS website.
- National Framework for Continuing Healthcare
- Continuing Healthcare Patient Information
- NHS Continuing Healthcare Decision Support Tool
- NHS Continuing Healthcare Checklist
- NHS Continuing Healthcare Fast Track Tool
- Local Dispute Resolution Process
- CHC Responsibilities Directions 2013
- Personal Health Budgets EASY READ
- Personal Health Budgets FAQs
- Personal Health Budgets Local Offer
- Personal Health Budgets Evaluation Report 2018
What are Personal Health Budgets?
Feedback on refreshed redress guidance
The National Redress Guidance for continuing healthcare is being updated by NHS England. The current guidance on redress for NHS CHC cases was published by the Department of Health in 2007, however the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) has revised its own guidance “Principles for Remedy” on this area and the refreshed Guidance reflects this.
The draft refreshed Guidance maintains the same basic principles of fairness that has always applied; that is to ensure that individuals are put back in the financial position that they should have been in. The draft Guidance does not remove the requirement for CCGs to consider the specific circumstances of each individual case when determining the appropriate level of redress.
They have a draft refreshed guidance and are asking for members of the public to give them feedback. More information can be found by clicking here. The guidance is available and open to feedback until 19th March 2015.