The National Framework for NHS continuing healthcare and NHS funded nursing care (2013) sets out the principles and processes for determining eligibility for NHS funding – in many cases for the nursing care of elderly people. It is a statutory framework which must be followed by all Clinical Commissioning Groups. The associated tools (a checklist, decision support tool and fast track pathway tool), which are designed to help clinicians and practitioners with the decision making process, are also statutory documents.
NHS continuing healthcare is an ongoing package of health and social care that is arranged and funded solely by the NHS where an individual is found to have a ‘primary health need’. Such care is provided to an individual aged 18 or over, to meet needs that have arisen as a result of disability, accident or illness.