If you have a disability or complex medical problem, you might qualify for free NHS continuing healthcare (CHC) if you’re an adult, or free NHS continuing care (CC) if you’re under 18. In Scotland this is known as Hospital Based Complex Clinical Care.
Not many people know about it, so it’s important to find out if you qualify and get an assessment.
This is a package of healthcare that’s arranged and funded by the NHS in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. It’s provided for you at home, or in a care home, nursing home or hospice. In Scotland, Hospital Based Complex Clinical Care will fully fund but only in a hospital.
You’re more likely to qualify if you have mostly healthcare needs rather than social care needs. In other words, you need a nurse or medical attention rather than a carer.
If you live in Northern Ireland, Continuing Health Care is provided by your local Health and Social Care Trust.
If you don’t qualify for NHS Continuing Health Care you may qualify for NHS Funded Nursing Care, but only if you are in a care home.