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
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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: