NHS continuing healthcare is a package of continuing care provided outside of the hospital, arranged and funded solely by the NHS, for people with ongoing healthcare needs.
Where is NHS continuing healthcare provided?
If you are eligible, you can receive NHS continuing healthcare in any setting, for example:
In your own home: the NHS will pay for healthcare, such as services from a community nurse or specialist therapist, and personal care, such as help with bathing, dressing and laundry
In a care home as well as healthcare and personal care, the NHS will pay for your care home fees.
NHS continuing healthcare is free, unlike social and community care services provided by local authorities for which a charge may be made, depending on your income and savings.
Who is eligible for NHS continuing healthcare?
To be eligible for NHS continuing healthcare, your main or primary need for care must relate to your health.
For example, people who are eligible are likely to:
Have a complex medical condition that requires a lot of care and support
Need highly specialised nursing support
Someone nearing the end of their life is also likely to be eligible if they have a condition that is rapidly getting worse and may be terminal.
Eligibility for NHS continuing healthcare does not depend on:
A specific health condition, illness or diagnosis
Who provides the care
Where the care is provided
If you have a disability, or if you've been diagnosed with a long-term illness or condition, this doesn't necessarily mean that you'll be eligible for NHS continuing healthcare.
Assessment of your care needs
To decide if you’re eligible for NHS continuing healthcare, your care needs will be assessed by a health or social care professional. If the assessment confirms that you’re eligible for NHS continuing healthcare, the NHS will pay for your care.
What if my care needs change?
Your eligibility for NHS continuing healthcare will be reviewed regularly. If your care needs change, the funding arrangements may also change.