NHS Continuing Healthcare is a package of ongoing care for individuals with complex and ongoing needs that is funded entirely by the NHS. It is provided nationwide, and the checklist of requirements to be eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare are set nationally, and delivered in Essex by the local Clinical Commissioning Groups.
NHS Continuing Healthcare is applicable to care provided in a range of settings, including your relative’s own home or their care home. It can also include support for carers.
Because it is such a comprehensive financial package of care, the assessment is very rigorous and many people who apply for NHS Continuing Funding do not receive it. There are organisations such as Beacon that are able to help you to prepare your NHS Continuing Funding application, including filling in the forms and giving you tailored advice. You can contact the free Beacon NHS Continuing Healthcare Information and Advice Service on 0345 548 0300.
Below you can find out everything you need to know about the process of applying for NHS Continuing Healthcare in Essex. If you want to find out more generally about NHS Continuing Healthcare, you may be interested in Age Space’s Guide to NHS Funded Care.
How to Apply for NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding in Essex
Applying for NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding in Essex is a 2-step process. First there is an initial screening carried out by a health professional, and then afterwards a multidisciplinary assessment from their CCG for people who meet the initial requirements.
The first thing to do, therefore, is discuss your interest in your relative seeking NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding with a health or social care professional.
The initial screening is carried out by a health or social care professional involved in your relative’s care, such as a nurse, doctor, or social worker. As part of this screening, the professional will go through the NHS Continuing Healthcare Checklist with your relative, and discuss their needs in relation to this list. As they go through it they should be told that they are being assessed, and be asked for consent.
The checklist of needs itself is available for you or your relative to read on the NHS website, but it must be carried out with a health or social care professional for the screening. If the professional thinks that your relative may be eligible for Continuing Healthcare, then they will make a referral for a full assessment from your relative’s local Essex NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
You can read more about the breakdown of CCGs in Essex, and knowing which is your relative’s nearest, from our Guide to Elderly Care Services in Essex.
The 2nd step in accessing NHS Continuing Healthcare in Essex is the multidisciplinary assessment from your relative’s local CCG. The multidisciplinary team will include both health and social care professionals, and where possible include people already involved in the care of your relative.
This team team will make a decision about your relative’s eligibility for Continuing Healthcare based on large number of factors – including mobility – a wider list of which can be found on the NHS website. They will take in to account the nature, complexity, intensity and unpredictability of your relative’s needs. If your relative is deemed to have at least 1 ‘priority need’, or 2 ‘severe needs’, they can expect to be eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare.