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The Essential Guide to getting assessed for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding: Part 2

Posted on: February 22nd, 2023 by Amy

Part 2: The Full Assessment of Need Getting assessed for NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) funding can seem complicated and confusing, so we have written an essential guide to help you through. Read Part 1 of The Essential Guide to find out when and how you can request a Checklist assessment, what it entails, and what happens next. If a Checklist has been completed and indicates that you’re eligible for a full assessment, your Integrated Care Board (ICB) should get the ball rolling to get the full assessment of need completed. In Part 2 of The Essential …read more

The Essential Guide to getting assessed for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding: Part 1

Posted on: February 22nd, 2023 by Amy

Part 1: The Screening Checklist Getting assessed for NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) funding can seem complicated and confusing, so we have written an essential guide to help you through. For most people, the first step in getting assessed for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding is a screening stage where a health or social care professional evaluates your needs against a Checklist. Here we explain when and how you can request a Checklist assessment, what it entails, and what happens next. If you have questions or concerns about the outcome of a Checklist assessment – or any other …read more

Beacon speaks to BBC Radio Berkshire about eligibility rates in Continuing Healthcare

Posted on: January 31st, 2023 by Amy
Andrew Peach BBC Radio Berkshire Continuing Healthcare

On Tuesday 31 January Managing Director of Beacon Dan Harbour appeared on the Andrew Peach breakfast show on BBC Radio Berkshire. Dan spoke to the BBC for their piece on the complexities of NHS Continuing Healthcare and eligibility for it across the country. The BBC also spoke to Mark Entwisle about his experience with the system in East Berkshire. Mark’s mother Christine had been receiving NHS Continuing Healthcare funding for her full-time care for a number of years after a successful assessment. However in 2019 Christine’s annual assessment was overturned and the family are currently awaiting …read more

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