NHS Continuing Healthcare is a package of care for individuals with severe, complex and ongoing needs that is funded entirely by the NHS. This package of care is available throughout the country, and the checklist of requirements to be eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare are set at a national level.
The care itself is delivered locally, and the assessment about whether or not your relative is eligible for Continuing Healthcare funding will be made by your relative’s local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in Hertfordshire.
Because NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding is such a comprehensive financial package of care, the assessment process is rigorous and can take a long time. Many people who apply for NHS Continuing Funding do not receive it.
Support is available with your relative’s application from organisations such as Beacon. They can provide you with personalised advice in regards to your relative’s application, and assist with some of the practical elements of your relative’s application in Hertfordshire. You can get in touch with the free Beacon NHS Continuing Healthcare Information and Advice Service on 0345 548 0300.
On this page you can find out everything you need to know about the process of applying for NHS Continuing Healthcare in Hertfordshire. If you want a more detailed overview of NHS Continuing Healthcare, you may be interested in our Guide to NHS Funded Care.
How to Apply for NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding in Hertfordshire
The process of applying for NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding in Hertfordshire begins with an initial screening, carried out by a medical professional. The professional carrying out this screening may then arrange a multidisciplinary assessment from your relative’s local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The decision about whether or not your relative is eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding in Hertfordshire will ultimately rest with the team from your relative’s CCG.
The initial screening of your relative’s eligibility involves a medical professional going through the NHS Continuing Healthcare Checklist with them. The medical professional involved will usually already involved in your relative’s care e.g. their GP or nurse. As they go through the checklist together, and discuss your relative’s needs in relation to it, your relative should be clearly told that they are being assessed, and be asked for consent.
The NHS Continuing Healthcare Checklist is available for you and your relative to read online ahead of time, but you cannot carry out the initial assessment yourself. Only if the medical professional carrying out the initial assessment thinks that your relative may be eligible for continuing healthcare funding from the NHS, will a referral be made for a multidisciplinary assessment. They will help you to get in touch with your relative’s local Hertfordshire CCG.
The multidisciplinary assessment is the 2nd stage in determining if your relative is eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare in Hertfordshire. This assessment is made by a range of medical professionals, including both healthcare and social care professionals, from your relative’s local CCG.
The making the assessment will be considering the nature, complexity, intensity and unpredictability of your relative’s needs. If your relative is assessed as having at least 1 ‘priority need’, or 2 ‘severe needs’, they can expect to be eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare in Hertfordshire.A more comprehensive breakdown of the type and nature of needs that they are considering during this multidisciplinary assessment can be found from the NHS website.