NHS continuing healthcare and NHS-funded nursing

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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 Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) towards the cost of meeting your nursing care needs if you live in a nursing home. It is paid directly to the care home.

The factsheet on NHS continuing healthcare and NHS-funded nursing explains:

  • the National Framework for NHS continuing healthcare and NHS-funded nursing care,
  • the process followed when deciding whether you're eligible for NHS continuing healthcare,
  • the tools used as part of the process of deciding eligibility for NHS continuing healthcare,
  • your options if you are unhappy with the eligibility decision reached,
  • the situation prior to the introduction of the National Framework on 1 October 2007.

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.

opens link in new window 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:

opens link in new window Intermediate care and re-ablement (PDF 172 KB)

opens link in new window Paying for permanent residential care (PDF 258 KB) 

opens link in new window Treatment of property in the means test for permanent care home provision (PDF 199 KB)

opens link in new window Paying for care in a care home if you have a partner (PDF 94 KB)

opens link in new window LA assessment for community care services (PDF, 337 KB)

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