Continuing Healthcare Funding in Kent

Continuing Healthcare Funding in Kent

NHS Continuing Healthcare FundingNHS 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 screening, followed by a full, multi-disciplinary assessment. In these assessments, healthcare professionals will be seeking to establish if you have a ‘priority’ need, or multiple ‘severe’ needs.

This page will guide you through what to expect from the process of applying for NHS Continuing Healthcare 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

Initial Screening

If you think that your elderly 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 screening of their eligibility for Continuing Healthcare by going through a checklist of needs with them. They should be told that they are being assessed and be asked for consent during this process. The checklist for Continuing Healthcare eligibility is available to view online on the NHS website, but you cannot complete it yourself without a professional involved.

If the medical professional thinks that your relative may be eligible for Continuing Healthcare funding then they will make a referral for a full assessment from the Kent Continuing Healthcare committee.

Full Multi-Disciplinary Assessment

Full Assessment - NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding in KentFull assessments for NHS Continuing Healthcare are undertaken by a multi-disciplinary team made up of at least two professionals from different areas of healthcare. This 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 funding based on a large number of factors, such as mobility and communication. A full list of these can be found on the NHS website. If a person is deemed to have at least one ‘priority need’, or two ‘severe needs’, then they can expect to be eligible.

If you have been deemed eligible for Continuing Healthcare, you will have a personalised care and support package put together by the Kent and Medway ICS, 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.