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Continuing Health Care

Continuing Healthcare is a package of care funded by the NHS where an individual's care is fully funded by the health service regardless of their wealth or savings. Continuing Healthcare may be available to you if your main requirement for care is down to health related problems. It can be received in hospital, a nursing home or at the individual's home. This is often described as 'fully funded care'. 

NHS Continuing Healthcare is for people aged over 25. Children and Young People may receive a "continuing care package" if they have needs arising from disability, accident or illness that can't be met by existing universal or specialist services alone. 

To be eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare, you must be assessed by a team of healthcare professionals (a multi-disciplinary team). The team will look at all your care need and relate them to: 

  • what help you need
  • how complex your needs are 
  • how intense your needs can be 
  • how unpredictable they are, including any risks to your health if the right care isn't provided at the right time 

Eligibility for NHS Continuing Healthcare depends on assessed needs, and not on any particular diagnosis or condition. If needs change then eligibility for NHS Continuing Healthcare may change. 

In Hartlepool assessments and support for CHC is delivered by NHS North of England Commissioning Support Unit (NECS) on behalf of Hartlepool & Stockton-on-Tees CCG. 

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