NHS Continuing Healthcare

NHS continuing healthcare is the name given to a package of care that is arranged and funded solely by the NHS for individuals who are not in hospital and have been assessed as having a “primary health need”.

To be eligible for NHS continuing healthcare the person being assessed must have substantial and ongoing care needs. They must have been assessed as having a “primary health need”, which means that their main or primary need for care must relate to their health.

If they are eligible, they can receive NHS continuing healthcare in a variety of settings, such as in their own home or a care home.

If the person you care for has a disability or if they’ve been diagnosed with a long-term illness or condition, this doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ll be eligible for NHS continuing healthcare.

For most people, the first step is to have an assessment with a health or social care professional using a screening tool called the Checklist Tool. If this screening suggests that the person you care for may be eligible for NHS continuing healthcare, a full up-to-date assessment of their needs will be arranged, using a tool called the Decision Support Tool.

The full assessment will be carried out by a multidisciplinary team made up of a minimum of two different health or care professionals. In some cases, more detailed specialist assessments may be required from these professionals.

Are you caring for someone?

Do you look after someone who cannot manage without you because they are ill, frail or have a disability? 

If so, you are a carer and Carers MK can help you.