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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.

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

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

An important change to Independent Review timescales – don’t miss the new deadline for submitting evidence

Posted on: October 14th, 2019 by Amy
close up of hands writing with a pen

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 cuts the period during which all written evidence to be considered in the review can be submitted. We’re concerned that it will impact families’ ability to prepare thoroughly for this stage of the appeal process. What’s changed? If you …read more

Reviews and re-assessments. Often unfair and unnecessary, but is there hope ahead?

Posted on: March 7th, 2019 by Amy
Elderly woman waiting

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 us to reflect on a similar situation in the Continuing Healthcare (CHC) system. Once eligibility for CHC is agreed, the care needs of the individual are reviewed after three months and then annually through the course of their eligibility. …read more

What’s changed? Our commentary on the 2018 update to the National Framework

Posted on: March 7th, 2018 by Amy

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 the Framework: The Framework has been updated to reflect the implementation of the Care Act 2014. As such, it makes clear that the eligibility criteria must be applied to everyone equally, regardless of where they receive their care. This removes the …read more

Public Accounts Committee investigation into NHS Continuing Healthcare. Our summary of the oral evidence.

Posted on: November 20th, 2017 by Amy

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 join a panel of witnesses to give expert evidence to the Committee. The other members of the first panel represented the Spinal Injuries Association, Continuing Healthcare Alliance and Sue Ryder Hospices. Their evidence catalogued a number of key issues with …read more

681 frustrating days that we hope will improve the system.

Posted on: June 9th, 2017 by Amy

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 eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) funding for two years between 2010 and 2012, before being assessed as eligible in March 2012. Allan had done his research and felt that the decision in 2010 had been wrong, so he employed …read more