Beacon Blog

Updates and commentary from the Beacon offices.

  • An important change to Independent Review timescales – don’t miss the new deadline for submitting evidence October 14, 2019
    Beacon has learned that NHS England has implemented a new procedure on timescales for Independent Review. Independent Review is the second stage of appeal for CHC eligibility decisions – the first being Local Resolution. The new rules came into effect nationally on 1 October, though they’ve been piloted in a few areas already. The change in procedure ...
  • Reviews and re-assessments. Often unfair and unnecessary, but is there hope ahead? March 7, 2019
    News broke yesterday that the work and pensions secretary, Amber Rudd, is scrapping repeat assessments of disabled pensioners who receive personal independence payments (PIPs). In her speech, Ms Rudd said “Disabled pensioners have paid into our system for their whole lives and deserve the full support of the state when they need it most.” The news led ...
  • What’s changed? Our commentary on the 2018 update to the National Framework March 7, 2018
    On 1 March 2018, the Department of Health and Social Care published revisions to the National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) and NHS-funded Nursing Care. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have until October 2018 to adopt the new rules. As the leading independent experts in NHS CHC, here we provide commentary on the key updates to ...
  • Public Accounts Committee investigation into NHS Continuing Healthcare. Our summary of the oral evidence. November 20, 2017
    On Wednesday 1 November, the House of Commons’ Public Accounts Committee met to hear evidence on NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC). This followed the publication of an investigation by the National Audit Office in July 2017, which echoed the Continuing Healthcare Alliance in raising significant concerns about the system. Beacon’s Managing Director, Dan Harbour, was invited to ...
  • 681 frustrating days that we hope will improve the system. June 9, 2017
    When Allan* tried to appeal for retrospective care funding for his mother, he came up against a communication ‘brick wall’. Over two years, our expert caseworker worked with Allan to try and resolve the issues, culminating in a formal complaint to the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which was upheld. Allan’s mother had been assessed as not ...