NHS continuing healthcare (CHC) is a package of continuing care funded solely by the NHS for adults aged 18 or over with complicated, intense or unpredictable healthcare needs. People who are eligible for NHS CHC do not pay anything towards the costs of their care.
NHS CHC in Lewisham
CHC is available only for people who:
- are 18 or older,
- live somewhere like a care home or their own home, but not in a hospital setting,
- and who have a ‘primary health need’.
It’s difficult to explain in a simple way what we mean by a ‘primary health need’, as it’s very complicated, with lots of different parts.
One part is about your main need for care. Your main need for care should be because you have complicated, intense or unpredictable health needs from a disability, accident or illness. So if you have difficulty with things like breathing, eating and drinking, taking medicines, moving about, memory and thinking, or other difficulties, you may be eligible for CHC.
To find out if you are eligible for CHC, you need to go through a process with two different stages. Stage 1 – the Checklist – will be used to decide if you need to move on to Stage 2. Some people will not move on to Stage 2. Stage 2 is a full assessment, which we aim to complete within 28 days.
Also, please visit the Department of Health website for detailed information on the National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS Funded Nursing care.