NHS continuing healthcare also known as NHS continuing care or "fully funded NHS care", is care for adults outside of hospital that is arranged and funded by the NHS.
NHS continuing healthcare can be provided in a variety of settings outside hospital, such as at home or in a registered care home. NHS continuing healthcare is for adults. Children and young people may receive a 'continuing care package' if they have needs arising from disability, accident or illness that can't be met by existing universal or specialist services alone.
To be eligible for NHS continuing healthcare, you must be assessed by a team of healthcare professionals as having a "primary health need". Whether or not someone has a primary health need is assessed by looking at all their care needs and relating them to:
- what help is needed
- how complex these needs are
- how intense or severe these needs can be
- how unpredictable they are, including any risks to the person's health if the right care isn't provided at the right time
Your eligibility for NHS continuing healthcare depends on your assessed needs, and not on any particular diagnosis or condition. If your needs change then your eligibility for NHS continuing healthcare may change. Some people who are eligible for continuing healthcare choose to have a personal health budget so they can organise and manage their care themselves - read more here.