Continuing Healthcare means that the NHS pays for further care after hospital discharge, if the person is assessed as having a “primary health need” that is beyond what could be provided through Social Services.
If eligible, the NHS will fund care by either providing specialist therapy, nursing and general domestic help, or by paying for nursing care home fees. This page will help you through the application process for NHS Continuing Healthcare in Suffolk. For more general advice, and what to do if your application is denied, visit our full national guide, NHS Funded Care.
Our Suffolk legal sponsor Ashtons can offer continuing healthcare advice, guide you throughout the process and provide legal support if you have to appeal a decision. Visit Ashtons Website for more details.
How to Apply for NHS continuing healthcare funding in Suffolk
Wherever you are in Suffolk, the process is the same to apply for continuing healthcare. If you feel that the person you care for might be eligible for funding, the first thing to do is to speak to their GP or other health care professional. It is also likely that the hospital will recommend it if they think they are eligible.
They will take you and your parent through a screening tool (a checklist) to decide if a full assessment is worth pursuing. Although you are unable to complete this checklist yourself, you can see what it entails here.
The second step involves a multi-disciplinary team that decides whether or not to recommend the application to the area’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). They make this decision based on a variety of different factors including mobility, nutritional needs, behavior and more. If they decide not to continue the application, you will be advised on how to appeal this decision.
Below are some relevant contacts for you to contact if you have more questions about Suffolk’s Continuing Healthcare scheme. There are 3 CCGs in Suffolk, but the team that covers the majority, East and West Suffolk, is the same. If you live in the Waveney area your CCG is Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG.
East and West Suffolk
Tel. 01473 770198
Telephone: 01502 719500