TIPS on assessing ‘Behaviour’ in your Decision Support Tool

Formal assessment of an individual’s eligibility for NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding (CHC) is conducted by an NHS Multi-Disciplinary Team using the Decision Support Tool (DST). The DST is a screening tool used by Multi-Disciplinary…
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How much clinical evidence should an MDT assessment consider?

When an MDT assessment is undertaken for NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding (CHC), the CCG will look at clinical records from the care home. There is a difference around the country as to the amount of clinical evidence CCGs will consider…

Understanding What Is A ‘Well Managed Need’

Families often ask us about ‘well-managed needs’ or quote the ‘well-managed needs’ principle, with very little understanding as to how it might apply to their relative’s assessment for NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC). The concept…

Your 15 Step Guide to Understanding NHS England IRP Decisions

Has your relative been rejected (whether in full or part) for NHS Continuing Healthcare in the last 6 months? If so, have you been told that you can appeal to an Independent Review Panel? Often the Care Commissioning Group (CCG) will…
Independent Review Panel

Only 2 Hours for an appeal to Independent Review Panel!

If your local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group has rejected your application for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding, you always have the option to appeal to an NHS England Independent Review Panel (IRP). A few years ago, if you attended…

Continuing Healthcare Fast Track assessments – how to get a quick decision

Many families are wrongly told that NHS Continuing Healthcare funding is only available for people who are at the end of their life. Not only is this incorrect, but it also often means...

Get Help Breaking Down the Decision Support Tool: Psychological & Emotional Needs

This series takes a detailed look at the domains of the Decision Support Tool. This week we examine the descriptors in the Psychological & Emotional Needs domain, to help you assess your or your relative’s “level of need” in this…
2021 year in review

2021 Year In Review

As we reflect on the past year, with all its difficulties and challenges, Care To Be Different still proudly remains the most popular and most respected, number one website for free information and resources about NHS Continuing Healthcare.…

An Exclusive Interview With Ivan Lewis, The Minister Behind The National Framework

Read below our exclusive interview with Ivan Lewis, former Labour MP for Bury South (1997 to 2019) and the architect behind the National Framework for NHS Continuing Care. For 14 consecutive years, from 2001 and 2015, Mr Lewis served…

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