When can the NHS Continuing Healthcare Fast Track funding process be used?
No. 12 in our series of 27 tips on NHS Continuing Healthcare…
NHS Continuing Healthcare funding is NHS money that covers the full cost of care for people who meet certain criteria in terms of their health needs.
However, the assessment process can take a long time. So what happens if you need funding urgently?
There’s a Fast Track process to get funding and care in place within 48 hours.
Many families report being told that NHS Continuing Healthcare Fast Track funding is only for end of life. This is not true.
Fast Track is for periods of rapid deterioration at any stage in life. After all, you don’t necessarily know if a person is about to reach end of life – even though they may be rapidly deteriorating.
The prognosis is not the determining factor in NHS Continuing Healthcare Fast Track funding.
What do the guidelines say? The National Framework is a document containing the main NHS Continuing Healthcare guidelines. Let’s look at what it says about when, and to whom, Fast Track funding applies:
National Framework page 32:
“Individuals with a rapidly deteriorating condition that may be entering a terminal phase…”
“The completed Fast Track Tool should be supported by a prognosis, if available. However, strict time limits that base eligibility on some specified expected length of life remaining should not be imposed…”
“The purpose of the Fast Track Tool is to ensure that individuals with a rapidly deteriorating condition that may be entering a terminal phase are supported in their preferred place of care as quickly as possible.”
Tip no. 11: Should you agree to a means test for care fees?
You don’t have to fight this battle alone
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