NHS Continuing Healthcare

NHS Continuing Healthcare is free care outside of hospital that is arranged and funded by the NHS. This free care and support, also known as "fully funded NHS care", is for people with complex and on-going healthcare needs. It can be delivered in the patient’s home, at their care home or in non-acute hospitals. NHS continuing healthcare is free, unlike support from social services for which a fee may be charged, depending on your income and savings. NHS Continuing Healthcare is different from NHS Funded Nursing Care, which some people with less complex needs living in care homes receive.

People living with complex medical conditions, which require a lot of care and support, and those who need specialised nursing support may qualify for NHS Continuing Healthcare. This includes some people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities (including disabled older people) and mental health needs, including dementia. For more information on NHS Continuing Healthcare, click here.

People who are eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare are entitled to ask the case manager in charge of their care for a personal health budget. A personal health budget is money allocated to support an individual’s health and wellbeing, which is planned and agreed by the individual and the CCG. It gives people with long-term health conditions and disabilities more choice and control over how money is spent on their care.

If you have questions about NHS Continuing Healthcare, please email Bakison Kansinde, Joint Commissioning Manager for NHS Continuing Healthcare and Domiciliary Care, on call him on 020 3688 2900.

Additional information

National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS Funded Nursing Care