NHS continuing healthcare funding in Dorset (CHC) is available to people over 18 years old who have been assessed as having a certain level of care need because of illness or disability.
There’s no clear-cut list of health conditions or illnesses that qualify for NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding in Dorset and not everyone with ongoing health needs will be eligible. Some conditions and health needs may include (but are not limited to):
- complex medical conditions that need additional care and support
- long-term medical conditions
- physical disabilities, mental health disabilities or learning disabilities
- terminal illness including end of life care needs
- quickly deteriorating health
- mobility problems
- behavioural or cognitive disorders, for example not being able to understand easily
If you’re eligible for NHS continuing healthcare, your care will be funded by the NHS. The care provided will be reviewed regularly and if your care needs change, the funding arrangements may also change.
How to apply for NHS Continuing Healthcare in Dorset
The easiest way to know if you are eligible for free NHS continuing healthcare in Dorset is to ask your GP, community nurse, other health professional or social care worker to arrange an assessment.
Dorset’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has Continuing Healthcare Funding teams based in Dorchester and Poole. Here is how to get in touch with them:
Tel: 0300 303 4410
Fax: 01305 266864
Discovery Court Business Centre,
551-553 Wallisdown Road,
Tel: 01202 541581
Fax: 01202 541477
In addition, Dorset Advocacy has a free CHC advocacy service supporting people in Dorset who want to get, or who have, CHC funding.
You may also be interested in our advice on
- How to book a care needs assessment in Dorset
- Paying for Care
- Patient Transport Services in Dorset
- Home Adaptations Funding in Dorset
Listen to our Podcast on NHS Continuing Care Funding here
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