NHS Continuing Healthcare
NHS continuing healthcare is free care outside hospital that is arranged and funded by the NHS. It is only available for people who need ongoing health care and meet the eligibility criteria. NHS continuing healthcare is sometimes called fully funded NHS care or continuing care.
To be eligible for NHS continuing healthcare, the person concerned must be assessed as having a "primary health need" and have a complex medical condition and substantial and ongoing care needs. Not everyone with a disability or long-term condition will be eligible.
A nurse, doctor, other qualified healthcare professional or social worker will use a Checklist Tool when assessing or reviewing your health or social care needs. For example:
- a nurse or doctor could carry out the initial screening before you leave hospital
- a social worker could do the screening when carrying out a community care assessment
Who to contact
Where to go
- Continuing Care, 2nd Floor
120, The Broadway
- SW19 1RH
- Get directions
To use this service you need to fulfil certain eligibility criteria. You also will need to be:
- Referred by a health practitioner or social worker
For most people, the first step is to have an assessment with a health or social care professional using a screening tool called the Checklist Tool.