NHS Continuing Healthcare is the name given to a package of care which is
arranged and funded solely by the NHS. If your elderly relative lives with long-term and/or complex health needs, they may eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare.
It is for individuals outside of hospital who have on-going health needs. NHS Continuing Healthcare can be provided in a variety of settings, including the home and in a care home. The provision is free, with no financial assessment.
For more information on Continuing Healthcare Funding, please listen to our podcast with expert Jason Butler or take a look at our guide to NHS Funded Care. The charity Beacon also provide really useful resources and free advice for each stage of the process.
For assessing less major health and social care needs, you may be interested in How To Book a Care Needs Assessment in Surrey.
For transporting your elderly relative to and from hospital, you may want to take a look at our guide to Patient Transport Services in Surrey.
How to Apply for NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding in Surrey:
If you feel that your elderly relative may be eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding in Surrey, then you will need to contact the Surrey NHS Funded Healthcare Team. Surrey Downs CCG hosts this service on behalf of all six Surrey CCGs. Please find contact details and the outlined process below.
The first stage in the process is an initial checklist assessment. This can take place at a GP surgery, hospital, care home or the home. Staff will use an NHS checklist to consider whether health care needs may be eligible for Continuing Healthcare.
A full review using a Decision Support Toolkit is then carried out. This involves a multi-disciplinary team of health and social care staff in Surrey. Healthcare needs are considered in relation to four key indicators: nature, complexity, intensity and unpredictability. This process should take no longer than 28 days.
Those found to be eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare will have funding regularly reviewed initially every three months for a year, and then every 12 months.
NHS Funded Healthcare Team
Telephone: 01372 201645