NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) is the name given to a package of care that is arranged and funded solely by the NHS for individuals who are not in hospital but have complex on-going healthcare needs.
If you are eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare, 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, including board and accommodation
NHS continuing healthcare is free, unlike social and community care services provided by local authorities.
A full guide can be found on the What is Continuing Healthcare? section of the NHS Choices website or in the public information leaflet ‘NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing Care’ published by the Department of Health
Personal Health Budgets – Local Offer
A personal health budget is an amount of money to support your identified health and wellbeing needs, planned and agreed between you and your local NHS Team. This aim is to give people with long term conditions and disabilities greater choice and control over the healthcare and support they receive.
The CCG have developed a local process to enable these budgets to happen. From October 2014 patient with continuing healthcare needs have the right to have a personal health budget. From April 2016 onwards the CCG plans to extend its local offer for supporting PHB’s to the following groups:
- Continuing Healthcare patients both children and adults
- Children with special educational needs
- Adults and children with learning disabilities.
These are essentially 3 ways for people to receive and manage PHB’s:
- A direct payment
- A notional budget – where the CCG makes arrangements for the agreed care and support.
- A third party budget – where someone independent of the individual and the NHS holds the budget and makes arrangements for the agreed care and support.
The CCG and the Local Authority have been working closely to link personal health budgets up across health and social care.
For further information on the Local Authority Local Offer please click here
To find out more regarding personal health budgets please contact the following:
Jenny Cale, 01384 321777 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Cropper, 01384 321950 or email@example.com
Kellie Lennon, 01384 322606 or firstname.lastname@example.org
General information on PHBs
For general information please go to: www.nhs.uk/personalhealthbudgets