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NHS continuing healthcare (NHS CHC) is a package of health and social care funded solely by the NHS when your need for care is primarily due to your need for healthcare. Certain characteristics of your needs, in combination or alone, may demonstrate a ‘primary health need’ because of the quantity and/or quality of care needed to manage them.
NHS-funded nursing care is the financial contribution paid by the local Primary Care Trust (PCT) towards the cost of meeting your nursing care needs if you live in a nursing home. It is paid directly to the care home.
In March 2012, the Department of Health announced deadlines for individuals or their representatives wanting to request an assessment of eligibility for NHS continuing healthcare funding for care between 1 April 2004 and 31 March 2012.
Requests can only be made for previously unassessed times where someone believes there is evidence they should have been considered for eligibility for NHS continuing healthcare.
The cut-off dates are:
If you want to request an assessment, contact the relevant Primary Care Trust (PCT) to find the staff member managing the process and to get information about submitting your request. You need to contact the PCT responsible for the area where the individual was living during the period you want to be considered. Call NHS Direct on 0845 4647 if you're not sure which PCT to contact.
The factsheet on NHS continuing healthcare and NHS-funded nursing explains:
The information given in this factsheet is applicable in England. Different rules may apply in Wales‚ Northern Ireland and Scotland. Readers in these nations should contact their respective Age UK organisation for information specific to where they live.
Download the NHS continuing healthcare and NHS-funded nursing care factsheet (PDF, 316 KB)
This factsheet should be read in conjunction with Age UK factsheets:
Intermediate care (PDF 172 KB)
Paying for permanent residential care (PDF 258 KB)
Treatment of property in the means test for permanent care home provision (PDF 199 KB)
Paying for care in a care home if you have a partner (PDF 94 KB)
LA assessment for community care services (PDF, 337 KB)
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Factsheet on NHS continuing healthcare and NHS-funded nursing care.
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