Continuing Healthcare

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:

Health Needs Assessment September 2020

In addition a consent form will require submitting, please use the relevant depending on individual circumstances:

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.

What are Personal Health Budgets?

Discharge to assess

If when you are discharged, you need more care and support than when you came into hospital, you will need to be assessed to determine what care and support you need.  If the team caring for you agree that you no longer need hospital care and it is safe for you to return home to continue your recovery, you may be discharged from hospital and have a assessment at home or another place of care where the team can better understand your individual needs.  This is called “Discharge to Assess”.

Here are two leaflets for people who are being discharged to assess:

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