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NHS Continuing Care for Children and Young People

Continuing Care is a package of health support provided for and funded by the NHS for children and young people aged (0-18 years) with complex health needs.

These complex health needs could be the result of congenital conditions, long-term, life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, disability or the after-effects of serious illness or injury. 

These needs may be so complex, that they cannot be met by the services which are routinely available from GP practices, hospitals or in the community commissioned by Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) or NHS England. 

A package of additional health support may be needed, this is known as Continuing Care.

What do we do?

The continuing care process comprises of an assessment of the child or young persons health care needs, a multi-agency decision-making panel and then, if found to be eligible, the commissioning of a package of care. 

How do I access the service?

Anyone can enquire about the process however a pre-assessment referral form must be completed by a professional who knows the child or young person best, along with written consent from the parent/carer. For example a school health advisor/school nurse, children's community nurse, health visitor or social worker. 

What happens next?

The pre-assessment referral form and the consent form should be sent to the Paediatric Continuing Care Coordinator at Brierley Hill Health and Social Care Centre to see if the child/young person meets the eligibility criteria, and if so, a full assessment will be undertaken. 

NHS Continuing Care is a free service.  You can find out more on Continuing Care on Dudley CCG or in the National Framework.