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How to improve your chances of ?securing NHS continuing healthcare funding, by Cate Searle

8 May 2012

NHS continuing healthcare means a package of continuing care arranged and funded solely by the NHS. ‘Continuing care’ means care provided over an extended period of time to a person aged 18 or over to meet physical or mental health needs which have arisen as a result of disability, accident or illness.

If an individual is assessed as being eligible for NHS continuing healthcare funding, then the NHS will have responsibility to pay for the entire package of care, including functions which may normally be regarded as ‘social care functions’.

The setting where the individual receives care is irrelevant to their eligibility for NHS continuing healthcare funding. The individual may be in a care home or nursing home setting, or may be in their own home.

National framework

Before 30 September 2007, eligibility for ...

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