Continuing Healthcare

NHS Continuing Health Care (CHC) 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. In Norfolk, CHC is now managed by the Norfolk Continuing Care Partnership ( pdf read more about NCCP here. (174 KB) )

NHS Continuing Health Care 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 Health Care, 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 Health Care depends on your assessed needs, and not on any particular diagnosis or condition. If your needs change then your eligibility for NHS Continuing Health Care may change. Some people who are eligible for CHC choose to have a personal health budget so they can organise and manage their care themselves - read more here.