Who can you take with you to an NHS Continuing Healthcare assessment?
No. 7 in our series of 27 tips on NHS Continuing Healthcare…
In a nutshell, anyone you choose (including you, of course) can represent your relative at NHS Continuing Healthcare assessments.
Some families report being told that a family member must attend alone. Other families report being told that they are not allowed to take a professional advisor with them.
This is nonsense.
It is up to you, as your relative’s main representative, who you choose to support you – and you don’t have to ask the assessors’ for their permission.
In addition, nowhere does it say that a person can have only one representative
The National Framework guidelines (the main NHS Continuing Healthcare guidelines) frequently refer to the importance of family involvement in the assessment process – and the importance of the person being assessed having a representative.
The definition of ‘representative’ in the National Framework is broad – see page 122:
“Any friend, unpaid carer or family member who is supporting the individual in the process as well as anyone acting in a more formal capacity (e.g. welfare deputy or power of attorney, or an organisation representing the individual).”
There’s also nothing to stop any representative and/or family member fully contributing to the discussion during an assessment.
So if you’re told you can’t bring anyone else with you to represent your relative at NHS Continuing Healthcare assessments – or that you (or those you invite to attend with you) can’t speak at the meeting – refer the assessors to their own guidelines.
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