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NHS Continuing Healthcare


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Those in Surrey with a primary health need may be eligible for NHS "continuing healthcare” (CHC) funded support. If not, “funded nursing care” may be available to those in care homes.  For greater choice over how their health and care needs are met, continuing healthcare recipients may like to consider a personal health budget. The Q&A below provides further detail about these services and how to apply.

Surrey Downs CCG hosts these services on behalf of all six Surrey CCGs.

Click here to view a film produced by NHS England that explains the framework & process for CHC [26 minutes long].

Find out more about what NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS funded nursing care is here and how to organise your care in Surrey.

We are currently looking for patients and carers to join a new Continuing Healthcare Advisory Group in Surrey. If you are a patient or carer of someone who has received NHS funded Continuing Healthcare or have a desire to contribute in discussions to improve services, please email us for more information.

What is NHS Continuing Healthcare?

NHS continuing healthcare is a package of on-going care that is arranged and funded solely by the NHS. It is designed to support individuals aged 18 or over who are found to have a primary health need which have arisen as a result of disability, accident or illness.

The national framework for NHS continuing healthcare and NHS funded nursing care sets out the principles and processes for determining eligibility. The frameworks ensure that those assessing and delivering NHS continuing healthcare, do so in the same way.

All relevant and updated documents regarding NHS continuing healthcare and NHS funded healthcare is published on the Department of Health’s website.


Read our leaflet on NHS Continuing Healthcare here.

How is eligibility for NHS continuing healthcare assessed?
What is NHS funded nursing care?
What if social services currently provide my care?
How do I apply for NHS Continuing Healthcare or funded nursing care?
Can I make a retrospective claim for care already received?
What is the retrospective review process?
How do I apply for a retrospective review?
What is a personal health budget?
Who can have a personal health budget?
I'm eligible, so how do I get a personal health budget?
How will my personal health budget care support plan be reviewed?
Who do I contact for more information about personal health budgets?
How do I appeal a funded healthcare decision?

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