NHS Continuing Healthcare
What is NHS Continuing Healthcare?
’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 the result of disability, accident or
“NHS Continuing Healthcare” means a package of continuing care
arranged and funded solely by the NHS. There is no limit on the
settings within which a package of support can be offered or the
type of service delivery for a person who is eligible for NHS
NHS Continuing Healthcare can be applied for directly by individual
patients or their families. It is usually applied for, on
behalf of a patient, by a District Nurse, Discharge Nurse,
Community Psychiatric Nurse or Social Worker following an initial
assessment and completion of Checklist.
For further information, please read the 'Continuing
healthcare and NHS funded nursing care procedural guidance and
operational policy' which can be found opposite.