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NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) is the name given to a package of care that is arranged and funded solely by the NHS for individuals aged 18+ who are not in hospital but have complex on-going healthcare needs.

The Continuing Healthcare team consists of Mental Health, General and Learning Disability Nurses and is managed by Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

What do we do?

The Continuing Healthcare team is responsible for the management of all Continuing Healthcare referrals and assessing for funding against the National Framework for people registered with a Dudley GP. They are also responsible for care managing patients who are deemed eligible for funding.

How do I access the service?

To refer for a Continuing Healthcare Assessment you can write to the continuing healthcare department, or through referral by a healthcare professional or social worker completing a continuing healthcare checklist. This is a screening tool which is used to determine if a person is eligible for a full continuing healthcare assessment. Please note the threshold for the screening tool is deliberately set low and does not directly mean Continuing Healthcare will be agreed.

What happens next?

Once the completed checklist is received and if a full assessment is required our team will make contact with all relevant individuals and next of kin and will schedule a date for the assessment to take place. 

NHS Continuing Healthcare is a free service.

For more information about Continuing Healthcare please visit Dudley NHS CCG.

A full guide can be found on NHS Choices or in the public information leaflet 'NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing Care'.