NHS Continuing Health Care Funding is the technical name for the free funding service provided by the NHS. It is an NHS package of funding that pays for the whole of an individual’s care costs if they have a ‘Primary Health Need’.
The care is provided over a period of time to individuals aged 18 or over to meet their physical or mental health needs that are present as a result of accident, disability, or illness.
The eligibility threshold of attaining CHC is high and therefore, individual needs to have significant ongoing healthcare needs to qualify. Funding though should be granted regardless of a persons wealth or savings.
Continuing healthcare can be provided in a range of places, including:
It is common for many assessments to conclude that the person is not eligible for funding which can be stressful and worrying for patients and their families.
If you disagree with the eligibility decision and want to know if you should challenge it, our specialist solicitors are on hand to discuss what your options are to move forward.
Generally, the following are classed as ‘eligible’ health needs:
To determine if you are eligible you should ask your GP or social worker to arrange an assessment.
Yes, in certain circumstances, you can appeal the decision if:
This can be a long and difficult process so an appeal should only be made if you think there is a strong reason for the decision to be overturned. Our specialist team is on hand to discuss and advise on all your options to move forward with your life.