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.
Update: In March 2018, a revised Framework was published, which comes into effect in October 2018. It can be downloaded here: National_Framework_for_CHC_and_FNC_-_October_2018_Revised or accessed here:
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.
- Download it as a pdf from the GOV.UK website: National Framework for NHS continuing healthcare and NHS funded nursing care (2013)
- It is available here in three versions. 1. Read it online here, in full.
- It is also provided 2. on this blog with some key points highlighted.
- This version 3. contains selected passages from the framework.
- The Decision Support Tool – the DST
- Annex A – Glossary
- Annex B: The Coughlan Judgment
- Annex C: The Grogan Judgment
- Annex D:
- Annex E;
- Annex F: Eligibility and Disputes
- Annex G: Local NHS Continuing Healthcare Protocols