NHS Continuing Health Care (CHC) is the name given to a package of care that is arranged and funded solely by the NHS for individuals outside of hospital who have ongoing health care needs. A person can receive CHC in any setting, including at home or care home.
NHS CHC is free, unlike social services for which a financial charge may be made depending on income and savings, but will be reviewed periodically to see if the person still meets eligibility criteria.
Anyone assessed as having a certain level of care needs may receive NHS CHC. It is not dependant on a particular disease, diagnosis or condition. Sometimes assessments may be accelerated (fast tracked), if an urgent package of care is needed due to the patients rapidly deteriorating condition, so that care can be arranged as quickly as possible.
For further information and to download Continuing Health Care and NHS-Funded Nursing Care Public Information Booklet, please visit www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/2392