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NHS Continuing Healthcare

NHS continuing healthcare is care that is arranged and funded solely by the NHS for people who are not in the hospital but have complex on-going healthcare needs. 

Where is NHS continuing healthcare provided? 

If you are eligible, you can receive NHS continuing healthcare in any setting, for example: 

  • in your own home – the NHS will pay for healthcare, such as services from a community nurse or specialist therapist, and personal care, such as help with bathing, dressing and laundry 
  • in a care home – as well as healthcare and personal care, the NHS will pay for your care home fees, including board and accommodation 

NHS continuing healthcare is free, unlike social and community care services provided by local authorities. You may be charged for these depending on your income and savings. 

National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS Funded Nursing Care

To be eligible for NHS continuing healthcare you must be over 18 and have a complex medical condition and substantial and on-going care needs. You must have a "primary health need", which means that your main or primary need for care must relate to your health. 

Eligibility for NHS continuing healthcare does not depend on: 

  • a specific health condition, illness or diagnosis 
  • who provides the care, or 
  • where the care is provided 

If you have a disability or if you've been diagnosed with a long-term illness or condition, this doesn't necessarily mean that you'll be eligible for NHS continuing healthcare. 

To find out whether you are eligible for NHS continuing healthcare, your care needs will be assessed. The diagram below illustrated how this process happens on the Wirral. 


For any queries, in the first instance please contact the Continuing Care Team on 0151 541 5410  

or see the copy of the NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) Refreshed Redress Guidance