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Continuing Healthcare

We understand that continuing care is a complex and highly sensitive area which can affect people at a very vulnerable stage of their lives.

Who can get it?

NHS Continuing Healthcare is not dependent on any particular disease, diagnosis or medical condition.  Eligibility is based on an individual's level of health care need, whether they are in their own home or in a care home.

Your health will need to be assessed by a nurse, Social Worker, GP or other health professional who will decide whether you are eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare. This will be based on the nature of condition or treatment required, symptoms that may be difficult to manage or control, how severe it is and any unexpected changes in condition that are difficult to manage and present a risk to you or to others. If your overall care needs show that your primary need is a health one, you may qualify for NHS Continuing Healthcare.

How much does it cost?

NHS Continuing Healthcare is free, unlike help from Adult Social Care for which there may be a charge.

  • At home
    If you remain living at home this means that 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
    If you are eligible and you move into a care home, the NHS pays all your care home fees, including board and accommodation.

What if I am not eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare?

If you do not qualify for NHS Continuing Healthcare then you may have to pay for some or all of your care, although the NHS will still provide for your medical needs.

If you are in a care home you may need to have a financial assessment to decide how much you should pay towards your personal care and accommodation. However, if you need care from a registered nurse this will be provided free of charge through NHS funded nursing care.

National NHS Continuing Healthcare and Information Service

You can contact the National NHS Continuing Healthcare and Information Service to access independent information and advice in relation to NHS Continuing Healthcare to help you to understand the eligibility criteria and navigate the assessment and review processes.

For more information on this service please click here

The service is provided by Beacon who can be contacted on 0345 548 0300 or alternatively submit a 'Talk to Us' request through their website at


How to get in touch

If you are receiving an assessment for care whilst you are in hospital or in your own home, then you will automatically be screened for consideration of NHS Continuing Healthcare eligibility.

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If you are unsure the Adult Social Care team is the first point of contact for general enquiries. You can contact them from 8.45am to 5pm, Monday to Friday on (01254) 587547.

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