NHS continuing care

NHS continuing care is the name given to a package of care which is arranged and funded solely by the NHS

NHS continuing care

St Christopher’s patients are sometimes eligible for ‘NHS continuing care’.

NHS continuing care is the name given to a package of care which is arranged and funded solely by the NHS. You can receive continuing healthcare in any setting, including your own home or a care home. NHS continuing healthcare is free, unlike help from social services for which a financial charge may be made depending on your income and savings.

In your own home, continuing care means that the NHS will pay for healthcare and personal care, for example, help with bathing, dressing and some night nursing care. In a care home, the NHS also pays for your care home fees, including board and accommodation.

Eligibility for continuing care is not dependent on a particular disease, diagnosis or condition, nor on who provides the care or where that care is provided. If your overall care needs show that your primary need is health-related and includes a rapidly progressing condition, you should qualify for NHS continuing healthcare. Funding decisions are made by your local clinical commissioning group. This is subject to review, and should your care needs change the funding arrangements may also change.

To assess whether your primary need is health related, all of your care needs are looked at and then related to four key indicators – the nature of your needs, their complexity, their intensity and unpredictability.

Applications for NHS continuing care can be made by

  • your St Christopher’s nurse.