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Five things you need to know about eligibility for NHS Continuing Healthcare

Posted on: January 31st, 2023 by Amy

Eligibility for NHS Continuing Healthcare Thousands of people across the UK need to receive ongoing care due to disability, accident or illness. For those that are eligible, the NHS funds the full cost of this care. Sound simple? It’s not. The eligibility criteria are complex and nuanced, and their interpretation is open to disagreement. We help hundreds of people each week to understand NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) eligibility, and to challenge funding decisions when appropriate. Here we’ve put together five important facts about NHS Continuing Healthcare eligibility that you should bear in mind when preparing for …read more

We are hiring: Two exciting opportunities!

Posted on: January 25th, 2023 by Amy
Hiring NHS Continuing Healthcare Caseworkers

Beacon is currently recruiting for two exciting roles: Administration & Business Support Officer Specialist Adviser in Continuing Healthcare These are hybrid roles with excellent benefits. Click here for full details, closing dates and how to apply.

What does it all mean? Common acronyms used in Continuing Healthcare

Posted on: January 10th, 2023 by Amy
Continuing Healthcare acronyms

The NHS Continuing Healthcare system can be confusing enough, without having to decode the endless acronyms that permeate correspondence and paperwork. We’ve put together a beginner’s guide to the common abbreviations you might come across as you navigate the system.  Read on for our guide to Continuing Healthcare acronyms… CHC – Continuing Healthcare, or NHS Continuing Healthcare, also sometimes referred to as Continuing Care NHS funding that some people are entitled to receive as a result of disability, accident or illness. It covers the full cost of the person’s care and residential accommodation. NHS Continuing Healthcare is …read more

In detail: July 2022 updates to the National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing Care

Posted on: November 11th, 2022 by Amy
National Framework CHC updates July 2022

On 1 July 2022 an updated version of the National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) and NHS-funded Nursing Care (FNC) came into use. Read our article giving a short summary of these updates and explaining their impact. Below is a more detailed study of these changes. Transfer of statutory responsibilities to Integrated Care Boards The revised National Framework recognises legislative changes brought about by the new Health and Care Act 2022, which establishes Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) as the statutory bodies responsible for CHC. In most cases this means a simple change from Clinical Commissioning …read more

Round-up of the July 2022 updates to the National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing Care

Posted on: November 11th, 2022 by Amy
National Framework for CHC July 2022 update

On 1 July 2022 an updated version of the National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) and NHS-funded Nursing Care (FNC) came into use. In this article we summarise the updates and explain their impact. We also highlight where we believe changes will make a positive or negative impact on the individuals and their loved ones navigating CHC, and what areas are unclear. Read our longer form article giving a more detailed study of these changes. Background The latest updates are the fourth revision to the Framework, which was first published in 2007. The reasons behind …read more

Beacon speaks to the Motor Neurone Disease Association for their podcast on NHS Continuing Healthcare

Posted on: October 27th, 2022 by Amy
MND Matters podcast on NHS Continuing Healthcare

This month our Managing Director Dan Harbour was pleased to speak to the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) for their podcast, MND Matters. The episode (number 20 in the series) looks at NHS Continuing Healthcare and some of the complex issues surrounding it, including how to access it and what support is available throughout the process. The programme also features Dave Setters, who is living with MND, and Marian Ward, who lost her husband to MND, in a frank discussion about their personal experience navigating the system. Sometimes emotional, always honest – the MND Matters podcast …read more

Beacon overturns policy that left families unable to fight for funding

Posted on: June 17th, 2022 by Amy

Earlier this year, we were alerted to a situation faced by two families who had contacted us for advice. Both callers – who were under the jurisdiction of the same Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – had loved ones who had been turned down for NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) funding. Both wished to challenge the decision, but had been blocked from appealing because they did not hold a lasting power of attorney (LPA) for Health and Welfare. We knew this wasn’t right. Principles set out in the CHC guidelines, to which every Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in …read more

Survey for nursing homes on FNC

Posted on: January 6th, 2022 by Amy

The Department of Health and Social Care is undertaking research on NHS-Funded Nursing Care (FNC) to inform the 2022/23 rate and assess the impact of COVID-19 on FNC and associated costs in 2021/22. Nursing homes are invited to participate in the FNC Cost Collection Survey. You can start the survey at any time by opening the document and saving a new version with your contributions. Once completed, please follow the instructions in the document to email it to the Department. A Privacy Notice accompanies the survey, which you can find here. If you have any questions …read more

Beacon fears many people wrongfully denied an assessment for NHS care funding during the pandemic

Posted on: October 11th, 2021 by Amy

An analysis of calls to our helpline has raised concerns around screening practices for NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) eligibility during the pandemic. The usual way to determine if a patient should be assessed for CHC eligibility is through a screening process. The ONLY screening tool that is sanctioned by the Department of Health and Social Care is the CHC Checklist. However, we have heard from hundreds of families whose loved ones were denied a CHC assessment through unsanctioned screening methods. This practice could mean that some people are now paying thousands for care that they are …read more

Government announces overhaul of social care funding in England

Posted on: September 7th, 2021 by Amy

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has today announced an overhaul of the way that social care is funded in England. Unlike NHS Continuing Healthcare, social care funding is means tested, so the level at which councils contribute to care costs are based on the value of savings and assets held by an individual. The underlying details of the Government’s plan for social care are yet to be clarified, so we’re unsure how it will impact the Continuing Healthcare system. Based on what we know now, Beacon’s Managing Director, Dan Harbour, has said: “We welcome the fact …read more