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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

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

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

Should I appeal a Continuing Healthcare eligibility decision? Our expert guide

Posted on: August 31st, 2023 by Amy
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Image courtesy of Elliot Manches via the Centre for Ageing Better age-positive image library In this article we outline the grounds on which you can appeal a decision about eligibility for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding. This may help you to decide whether to launch a challenge. Every year, thousands of people are assessed for NHS funding for long-term care, called NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC). According to the National Audit Office, around two-thirds of assessments conclude that the person is not eligible for funding. This can be a huge blow to individuals and their families, and often …read more

Knowing your rights: Being referred for CHC

Posted on: August 8th, 2023 by Amy
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Image courtesy of the Centre for Ageing Better age-positive image library Here at Beacon we hear from people across the country on a daily basis. They contact us for information, support and representation, and by talking to these individuals we also become aware of Continuing Healthcare (CHC) patterns and trends nationwide. Recently we are picking up on a number of instances of CHC referrals not being made, for reasons including: A lack of awareness of the set criteria amongst health and social care professionals and referrers, and when a referral should be made CHC teams within …read more

BBC coverage of NHS Continuing Healthcare: Mother stays awake for 60 hours as son’s care breaks down

Posted on: August 8th, 2023 by Amy
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Image: Family photo shared via the BBC On Monday 7 August the BBC ran a multi-platform news story regarding NHS Continuing Healthcare, which as experts in CHC Beacon was asked to contribute to. Through a long-form web article and additional radio and television coverage including the Today programme, BBC Breakfast and BBC News at Six the report emphasised that despite recent significant increases in spending on Continuing Healthcare, staff shortages and rising prices have meant that families of people with complex medical needs are lacking the help they need, warning that the NHS system that funds …read more

Celebrating 75 years of the NHS – reflections from the Beacon team

Posted on: July 7th, 2023 by Amy
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This week marks the 75th anniversary of the NHS. Members of the Beacon team reflect on personal experiences, the concept of a public healthcare system, and the people who work tirelessly within this unique institution.   Dan Harbour, Managing Director: “The NHS care my family received when going through two pregnancies and deliveries was fantastic, timely and caring. Likewise any treatment / investigations my immediate family has needed have been timely, professional and high quality. The clinical expertise and advice provided to my mum’s care home by the community palliative team made that whole situation much …read more

Ensuring the best chance of an accurate CHC Assessment

Posted on: May 12th, 2023 by Amy

Image courtesy of Peter Kindersley via the Centre for Ageing Better age-positive image library The NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) Assessment, sometimes known as the Full Assessment, is a detailed appraisal of your care needs, which uses a form called the Decision Support Tool (DST) to decide if you are eligible to receive NHS Continuing Healthcare funding. A Full Assessment is usually triggered when an individual ‘passes’ a screening stage using the Continuing Healthcare Checklist. It is also performed for people who are already eligible and are being reassessed to see if they remain eligible. The assessment is coordinated …read more