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NHS continuing healthcare


What is NHS continuing healthcare?

NHS continuing healthcare is the name given to a package of care which is arranged and funded solely by the NHS for individuals outside of hospital who have on-going healthcare needs. You can receive NHS continuing healthcare in any setting, including your own home or in a care home. NHS continuing healthcare is free, unlike support provided by local authorities for which a financial charge may be made depending on your income and savings.

Click on this link to view a short video made by NHS England which explains a bit more about continuing healthcare.


Who is eligible for NHS continuing healthcare?

Anyone over 18 years of age assessed as having a certain level of care needs may be entitled to NHS continuing healthcare. It is not dependent on a particular disease, diagnosis or condition, or on who provides the care or where that care is provided. If your overall assessment of care needs shows that you have a ‘primary health need’, you should be eligible for NHS continuing healthcare. Once eligible for NHS continuing healthcare, your care will be funded by the NHS, this is however, subject to regular reviews, and, should your care needs change, the funding arrangements may also change.


Personal health budgets

To find out more about personal health budgets, click here.


Accessible Information Standard

Continuing healthcare services want to improve how they communicate with patients and carers and will provide communications assistance where necessary in line with the Accessible Information Standard (AIS). Patients and family members are asked to contact the continuing healthcare team if they require information in a different format or communication support such as braille, large print, easy-read or British Sign Language.

For more information on the AIS, please visit the NHS England website.


Find out more

To find out more about continuing healthcare in Bexley, please contact the 020 8298 6065 or email