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Review and Reassessment of those eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding: Understanding the process

Posted on: May 7th, 2024 by Amy
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Photo courtesy of Elliot Manches via the Centre for Ageing Better age-positive image library. If you have been assessed as eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) funding either after undergoing a Full Assessment or via the Fast Track route, you should be reviewed within 3 months of the eligibility decision and at least every 12 months thereafter. The main focus of the Review is to ascertain whether the care plan or arrangements remain appropriate to meet your needs. However, where there is clear evidence of a change in needs to such an extent that it may …read more

Beacon is 10! Reflecting on its unique position within CHC advocacy

Posted on: May 1st, 2024 by Amy
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On 6 May 2024 Beacon CHC marked 10 years since it started trading. Beacon was born out of Age UK Oxfordshire and runs the NHS England-funded Free Information & Advice Service for Continuing Healthcare (CHC), which we have delivered since 2014. Beacon also provides private casework and representation services, and training and consultancy for CHC delivery services. In marking this 10-year milestone, we want to highlight the importance and impact of the work Beacon does, and reflect on the unique position within CHC advocacy Beacon has come to occupy. Beacon has, throughout these 10 years, established …read more

Beacon is 10! Marking a decade, in numbers

Posted on: May 1st, 2024 by Amy
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On 6 May 2024 Beacon CHC marked 10 years since it started trading. Beacon was born out of Age UK Oxfordshire and runs the NHS England-funded Free Information & Advice Service for Continuing Healthcare (CHC), which we have delivered since 2014. Beacon also provides private casework and representation services, and training and consultancy for CHC delivery services. In marking this 10-year milestone, we want to highlight the importance and impact of the work Beacon does, and continue to call attention to the need for improvement to the system for those who use it. Over the past …read more

Rise to NHS-funded Nursing Care (FNC) from 1 April 2024

Posted on: April 11th, 2024 by Amy
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Rise to NHS-funded Nursing Care (FNC) from 1 April 2024 The Department of Health and Social Care has announced a 7.4% rise to the standard rate of NHS-funded Nursing Care (FNC), from £219.71 to £235.88 per week from 1 April 2024. FNC is the contribution paid by the NHS toward the costs of a place in a care home with nursing for eligible people assessed as needing the help of a registered nurse. Tens of thousands of people in the UK receive FNC. The higher rate of NHS-funded Nursing Care has also risen by 7.4%, from £302.25 …read more

Survey: Help us improve access to NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC)

Posted on: April 10th, 2024 by Amy
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NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) enables access to the appropriate level of care and funding for some of the most vulnerable people in society, with the most demanding and complex care needs. As the provider of the national helpline for NHS Continuing Healthcare, Beacon wants to ensure that all those who could benefit from receiving CHC are aware of it and what they must do to apply for it. To help us understand how we can better target our information to reach those who need it most, we would be grateful if you would fill in this …read more

Public engagement opportunity with the PHSO

Posted on: February 2nd, 2024 by Amy
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The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) is looking for people to join them and input into one of two in-person ‘Dilemma Cafes’. The cafes will take place on the afternoons of 13 March (Manchester) and 20 March (London), and those attending will be asked to share their unique perspectives, opinions and views to help improve the work of the PHSO, and public services, for the better. The Dilemma Cafes will be a type of discussion group, providing an opportunity for people to learn about ethical challenges and work together to help find solutions. Dilemma Cafes …read more

What is an NHS CHC assessment for a Previously Unassessed Period of Care (PUPoC)?

Posted on: December 12th, 2023 by Amy
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Image courtesy of the Centre for Ageing Better age-positive image library If you think you should have been considered for NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) funding but were not, it may be possible to request a retrospective review of these ‘previously unassessed periods of care’ (PUPoC) and receive a reimbursement of these costs. An assessment may be made for care that the individual has funded either in full or in part, and you can raise this with your local Integrated Care Board (ICB). Click here to find your local ICB. An assessment for a Previously Unassessed Period …read more

Applying for an NHS CHC assessment for a Previously Unassessed Period of Care (PUPoC) – tips and advice

Posted on: December 12th, 2023 by Amy
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Image courtesy of In-Press Photography via the Centre for Ageing Better age-positive image library If you think you should have been considered for NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) funding but were not, it may be possible to request a retrospective assessment of these ‘previously unassessed periods of care’ (PUPoCs) and receive a reimbursement of these costs. An assessment may be made for care that the individual has funded either in full or in part and may be undertaken for those currently paying for their care, or for individuals who have passed away. Click here to read our …read more

2023 updates to PUPoC policy guidelines – what’s new?

Posted on: December 12th, 2023 by Amy
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This week the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) released updated policy guidelines which aim to help those submitting requests for retrospective Continuing Healthcare (CHC) funding by making clearer the application process from start to finish, and improving consistency in the way these applications are dealt with. The guidelines have been produced with input from member organisations of the CHC Alliance including Beacon, as well as other advocacy and healthcare professionals. Retrospective assessments for Previously Unassessed Periods of Care (PUPoCs) are accessible for individuals who think they should have been considered for funding at the …read more

Survey: Health & social care professionals, tell us about the CHC resources you would find helpful

Posted on: December 1st, 2023 by Amy
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Beacon is developing a web space with dedicated resources for health and social care professionals who work within the complex field of NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC). To help us develop resources which will offer the most support, we would be grateful if you would fill in this short survey relating to your work within CHC. We expect this survey to take around 10 minutes to complete, but you should feel free to contribute as much or as little time as you like. All responses are submitted anonymously. Click here to complete the survey. Please share this …read more