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NHS continuing healthcare

NHS continuing healthcare is care arranged and funded solely by the NHS. It is for people who have ongoing and complex healthcare needs.

You can receive continuing healthcare outside of hospital, such as in your own home or a care home. It is free of charge and you will not be asked to pay any contribution towards your care.

Who is eligible for NHS continuing healthcare?

You may be eligible for NHS continuing healthcare if you're over 18 and assessed as having a high level of care needs.

NHS continuing healthcare assessments

You will need to have an initial checklist assessment by a nurse, doctor, other healthcare professional or a social worker. If this shows that you may be eligible for NHS continuing healthcare, you will get a full assessment from a specialist team from your local NHS clinical commissioning group (CCG).

GOV.UK has guidance on the national framework for NHS continuing healthcare and NHS funded nursing, which includes the initial checklist assessment and decision support tool.

If you're not eligible for NHS continuing healthcare but assessed as needing care from a registered nurse, you may be eligible for NHS-funded nursing care.

NHS-funded nursing care

NHS-funded nursing care is care provided by a registered nurse for people who live in a care home and who are not eligible for NHS continuing healthcare. The NHS pays the care home for the cost of the registered nursing care.

The same assessment for NHS continuing healthcare will decide if you're eligible for NHS-funded nursing care.

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GOV.UK: a guide for people who may need ongoing care

NHS Choices gives information on NHS continuing healthcare

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