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Eligibility for continuing healthcare

NHS continuing healthcare (CHC) is available to people over 18 years old who have been assessed as having a certain level of care need because of illness or disability.

There's no clear-cut list of health conditions or illnesses that qualify for funding and not everyone with ongoing health needs will be eligible. Some conditions and health needs may include (but are not limited to):

  • complex medical conditions that need additional care and support
  • long-term medical conditions
  • physical disabilities, mental health disabilities or learning disabilities
  • terminal illness including end of life care needs
  • quickly deteriorating health
  • mobility problems
  • behavioural or cognitive disorders, for example not being able to understand easily

If you're eligible for NHS continuing healthcare, your care will be funded by the NHS. The care provided will be reviewed regularly and if your care needs change, the funding arrangements may also change.

The easiest way to know if you are eligible for free NHS continuing healthcare is to ask your GP, community nurse, other health professional or social care worker to arrange an assessment.

If you are not eligible

You may be eligible for NHS-funded nursing care (FNC) if you are not eligible for NHS continuing healthcare but you have been assessed as having care needs.

The council may be responsible for assessing your care needs and providing services if you are eligible, if you or the person you care for does not qualify for NHS continuing healthcare.

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