Care To Be Different remains the No.1 website for free information and resources relating to NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding (CHC) – free NHS funding for individuals aged 18 and over, with complex, intense, or unpredictable long-term healthcare needs.
Looking back over 2022, as we emerge from Covid, it has still been an extremely difficult and challenging year for everyone going through the CHC Funding process. However, on a positive note, we have seen the NHS tackle huge backlogs. Most noticeably, assessments and appeals for CHC Funding are being processed more quickly to catch up for lost time. More efficient Integrated Care Boards (formerly called Clinical Commissioning Groups) are getting their act together and some, arguably, are more efficient now than ever before, despite their own challenges.
At this time of year, we wanted to express our thanks to all our readers and contributors for your continued interest in our caretobedifferent website and for being part of our Facebook community– seeking advice and help from others facing similar challenges when fighting the NHS for vital free CHC Funding.
NHS Continuing Healthcare is supposed to be ‘free at the point of need’. You pay tax and save all your life, but when you need full time healthcare, why is it so hard to access? Why do families end up selling their homes needlessly, or using hard earned savings to pay for care which should be 100% free under the NHS?
Here’s a selection of popular blogs from 2022 which have helped our readers along their CHC process:
Assessing psychological and emotional needs is just one of the 12 care domains that the NHS Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) assessors must consider when making their recommendation of eligibility for CHC Funding. However, in our experience, this domain is not particularly well understood. Our blog gives practical guidance and information to help increase your relative’s level of need in this domain.
Rather than trudge through the formal CHC assessment process, immediate Fast Track funding can be provided in 48 hours for individuals with a rapidly deteriorating condition that may be entering a terminal phase.
However, many families are wrongly told that NHS Continuing Healthcare funding is only available for individuals who are at the end of life. Not only is this incorrect, but it also often means that many vulnerable adults with significant healthcare needs are wrongly denied access to immediate free NHS-funded care. If you think your relative may be entitled to Fast Track funding, you must read this blog!
Post-Covid, NHS England have been striving to try and eradicate backlogs of CHC cases waiting appeal. To achieve this goal, appeal meetings are no longer open-ended and have been significantly reduced to only 2 hours! Good preparation is therefore essential to get your points over in the limited time available. Read our exclusive tips.
There are only 6 months to present an appeal to an NHS England Independent Review Panel following a negative outcome decision from a Local Resolution Panel. There is a lot of work to be done in this relatively short period. Our detailed blog helps you understand the IRP process and how you can improve your chances of being awarded CHC Funding.
The established principle of a ‘well-managed need’ is admittedly confusing due to a lack of clarity and guidance in the NHS National Framework. In our experience, many NHS assessors don’t really understand what this principle means or even how to apply it. As such, it is frequently misapplied and can lead to incorrect outcomes – resulting in families being wrongly refused essential free NHS healthcare.
With Integrated Care Boards wading through huge backlogs of assessments post-Covid, some MDT panels were only reviewing one month’s worth of clinical records when making recommendations for CHC Funding – a far shorter period than the customary 3 months. This shorter period is grossly insufficient to get an accurate picture of an individual’s overall healthcare needs and, unfortunately, can disadvantage families! This blog provides useful tips to combat the NHS assessment system and knowing your rights.
This was the first blog in our new ‘TIPS’ series – aimed at helping readers who need a closer look at each care domain when completing the Decision Support Tool (DST).
ASC is one of the less familiar care domains in the DST. Typically, most cases here will involve seizures or Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIAs), Epilepsy (perhaps following a head injury or stroke) and Vasovagal Syncope (fainting).
Does your relative have cognitive impairment? Can they reliably communicate their needs, whether verbally or non-verbally, or do they need someone to interpret their needs for them? This blog provides essential help when assessing your relative’s level of communication in the DST.
If you have been told that your relative’s dementia will automatically qualify for CHC Funding, that is unlikely to be correct. Many individuals suffer with cognitive impairment such as dementia, but awards for CHC Funding are not about ‘labels’ but looking at the overall picture of healthcare needs on a holistic basis and assessing what skills are needed to manage them.
August continued the popular ‘Get help’ series for those looking for more in-depth guidance across the care domains. Technical, but packed with practical case studies to help you understand levels of care within each descriptor of the DST. For more help, we recommend you read other blogs in this excellent series.
Incontinence and constipation can affect many residents in care daily, and involve careful management to avoid complications. Urinary Tract Infections, colostomy, or catheter care can impact on other care domains such as ‘Skin’ (leading to pressure sores), ‘Medication’, ‘Mobility’ and ‘Cognition’. This blog offers a detailed look at this care domain with case studies to help you when assessing your relative’s levels of care in their DST.
You have to read it to believe it!
Untruths, misleading or incorrect statements about your entitlement to CHC Funding can put families off pursuing their application for CHC Funding – often resulting in their relative self-funding their own care from private savings or the sale of their home, quite unnecessarily.
Our blog deals with 10 typical untruths families are told about NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding. Do any apply to you?
The title says it all!
Unfortunately, fake news is not just reserved exclusively for the USA. A collection of more typically false statements given to families to put them off claiming their entitlement to CHC Funding.
Focusing on whether an individual is displaying challenging behaviour can be a pivotal point in determining their eligibility for CHC Funding.
The assessment for CHC Funding must consider how ‘Behaviour’ impacts and interacts with other care domains. For example, how does it interact with their ‘Psychological and Emotional Needs’ Does it affect continence care (‘Continence’) or cause difficulties feeding the individual (‘Nutrition’)? Does it affect moving and handling an individual who is unable to mobilise independently (‘Mobility’)? One should also consider how poor cognition (‘Cognition’) or poor communication (‘Communication’) impacts on calming the person down.
We look forward to presenting many more informative blogs next year to help you at every stage of your relative’s assessment or appeal.
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“This is where the support from CTBD came in. Although we always believed he was eligible for full funding, the information from articles on the website and hints given on dealing with these assessments were vital and gave us the confidence to proceed. We had also purchased their book “How To Get The NHS To Pay For Care” which gave invaluable advice.” [Anonymous]
Wishing all our readers a happy, healthy and peaceful new year!
Thank you, from Care To Be Different!