Continuing Healthcare

NHS continuing healthcare is a package of continuing care provided over an extended period of time, to a person aged 18 or over, to meet significant and complex physical or mental health needs that have arisen as a result of disability, accident or illness.

NHS continuing healthcare is arranged, provided and funded solely by the NHS. It is free for those who are eligible, unlike help from social services for which a charge may be incurred depending on income and savings.

Care arranged as part of NHS continuing healthcare can be provided in a variety of different settings including care homes, hospices or an individual’s home.
Who is eligible for NHS continuing healthcare funding?

Eligibility for NHS continuing healthcare funding is determined by a detailed assessment, which looks at all aspects of a person’s health and social care needs.  As part of this, four key areas are considered:

  • The type of condition or treatment required
  • The complexity of the condition (symptoms that interact and are therefore difficult to manage or control)
  • The intensity of the condition (one or more health needs so severe they require regular care and support)
  • The unpredictably of the condition (unexpected changes in condition that are difficult to manage and present a risk to the individual or to others)