Follow these tips during the Continuing Healthcare assessment process
We were recently contacted by Mary.
Mary had followed the information and advice on our website and had been able to secure NHS Continuing Healthcare for her husband when he went from hospital into a nursing home.
Her husband had sadly now died, but Mary wanted to share these tips from her own successful NHS Continuing Healthcare case. We’ve also added some additional links to help you:
5 tips from a successful NHS Continuing Healthcare case
Tip no. 1: “Keep a diary, especially as hospital records are not that brilliant. Your word can still be used as evidence. Even small things count.”
Tip no. 2: “Research, research and research again. Read the guidelines. Find out about the eligibility criteria and Primary Health Needs, and show how your relative’s care needs match the care domains and the four characteristics of need: Nature, Intensity, Complexity and Unpredictability.” See the National Framework pages 15-16
Tip no. 3: “The Coughlan Case is important. Remember there is a limit to what care the local authority can lawfully provide. This is why it’s vital that a social worker is present at a Continuing Healthcare assessment.”
Tip no. 4: “Before the Multidisciplinary Team meeting (the full assessment for NHS Continuing Healthcare), fill in all the scores in the care domains in the Decision Support Tool yourself first – and be prepared to argue for them.”
If you’re researching the guidelines in advance of an NHS Continuing Healthcare assessment, and you need to quote page and paragraph references to the assessors, this link will help you: