NHS Continuing Care – funding for all or a postcode lottery?

NHS Continuing Care (CHC) focuses on whether an individual has a ‘primary health need.’ Those eligible for NHS CHC receive a package of care, arranged and funded by the NHS (the local Clinical Commissioning Group – CCG). It can be provided in any setting, whether at home or in a nursing home.

In this article, the variation in the number of people across the UK found eligible for funding is concerning. There is standard guidance in the National Framework for each CCG to follow, and these findings would indicate the criteria are not applied consistently across the UK. A lack of information about NHS CHC and how to go about claiming funding is also a factor.

There’s no denying that the NHS CHC funding process is a complex layered process, but do not let this deter you. Read up on the National Framework, check the NHS online guides, and seek professional help as necessary to navigate your way through the process to ensure your loved one gets the best chance of securing the financial support they are entitled to.

Figures show you are also more likely to receive NHS Continuing Healthcare if you live in the North-west, North-east and Yorkshire compared to the South-east and London.