How to Request an NHS Continuing Health Care Assessment
Do you believe you or a loved one may be eligible for NHS Continuing Health Care?
NHS Continuing Healthcare funding is a package of care funded by the NHS if a person is deemed to have significant ongoing healthcare needs. However, there’s an assessment process to determine who can get this support.
We explain what you need to know about the NHS Continuing Healthcare funding assessment process below.
For more information see NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding Explained.
For legal advice get in touch with our Care Home Solicitors.
The NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding Assessment Process
There are three tools used to carry out NHS Continuing Healthcare funding assessments.
- Checklist – the initial screening tool used to start the assessment process
- Decision Support Tool – a full assessment usually carried out if triggered by a checklist
- Fast Track Pathway Tool – generally used in the last stages of life.
A checklist can be carried out by a social worker, a GP or a nurse in a care home as long as they are trained in carrying them out. A checklist can be requested for a number of reasons and can be completed in any setting, such as when a person is to be discharged from hospital to a care home.
You don’t have to wait for a health professional to trigger the assessment and you can request one yourself. You can approach any of the professionals listed above or you can approach the Clinical Commissioning Group CHC department directly and request that an assessment is carried out.
However, not everyone who works in health and social care will understand the criteria or be familiar with the assessment process, including GPs. Therefore, don’t be put off in the first instance if they are reluctant to start the assessment process.
Once you’ve requested an NHS Continuing Healthcare funding assessment, you should be fully informed and given reasonable notice of when it will be carried out. If you have requested one for a loved one, it’s important that you attend the assessment and that you have the appropriate authority to provide consent if the patient is unable to do so – for example, through a Lasting Power of Attorney.
If despite requesting an assessment, you don’t feel like you are getting anywhere with it and are coming up against a brick wall, please contact our Care Home Solicitors.
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