NHS Continuing Healthcare is a package of care which is arranged and funded solely by the NHS for individuals with long-term health and care needs. It is available in a range of non-hospital settings, including in your relative’s home or care home.
To be eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare you must go through an initial assessment and then a full assessment. In these assessments, healthcare professionals will be seeking to establish if you have a ‘priority’ need, or multiple ‘severe’ needs from their checklist of need areas.
This page will guide you through what to expect from the process of applying for NHS Continuing Funding in Kent. For more information on healthcare funding, you can look at Age Space’s Guide to NHS Funded Care.
How to Apply for NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding in Kent
If you think that your relative may be eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding then the first thing you should do is speak to their GP or another healthcare professional involved in their care.
This healthcare professional will be able to carry out an initial assessment of their eligibility for Continuing Healthcare. They will go through a checklist of needs with the person they are assessing as part of this initial assessment. As they go through it they should be told that they are being assessed, and be asked for consent. The checklist for continuing healthcare is available to view online on the NHS website, but you cannot complete it yourself without a professional.
If the medical professional thinks that your relative may be eligible for Continuing Healthcare then they will make a referral for a full assessment from the Kent Continuing Healthcare committee.
Full assessments for NHS Continuing Healthcare are undertaken by a multidisciplinary team made up of at least two professionals from different areas of healthcare. The multidisciplinary team will usually include both health and social care professionals who are already involved in the care of the person in question.
The team will make a decision about eligibility for Continuing Healthcare based on large number of factors – including mobility – a wider list of which can be found on the NHS website. If a person is deemed to have at least 1 ‘priority need’, or 2 ‘severe needs’, they can expect to be eligible.
If you have been deemed eligible for Continuing Healthcare then the next step is that a personalised care and support package will be put together by the Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioing Group, which may include a personal health budget.
If it is determined that you are not eligible, you will be advised on how to appeal this decision by the NHS.