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Rise to NHS-funded Nursing Care (FNC) from 1 April 2024

Posted on: April 11th, 2024 by Amy
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Rise to NHS-funded Nursing Care (FNC) from 1 April 2024 The Department of Health and Social Care has announced a 7.4% rise to the standard rate of NHS-funded Nursing Care (FNC), from £219.71 to £235.88 per week from 1 April 2024. FNC is the contribution paid by the NHS toward the costs of a place in a care home with nursing for eligible people assessed as needing the help of a registered nurse. Tens of thousands of people in the UK receive FNC. The higher rate of NHS-funded Nursing Care has also risen by 7.4%, from £302.25 …read more

Public engagement opportunity with the PHSO

Posted on: February 2nd, 2024 by Amy
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The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) is looking for people to join them and input into one of two in-person ‘Dilemma Cafes’. The cafes will take place on the afternoons of 13 March (Manchester) and 20 March (London), and those attending will be asked to share their unique perspectives, opinions and views to help improve the work of the PHSO, and public services, for the better. The Dilemma Cafes will be a type of discussion group, providing an opportunity for people to learn about ethical challenges and work together to help find solutions. Dilemma Cafes …read more

What is an NHS CHC assessment for a Previously Unassessed Period of Care (PUPoC)?

Posted on: December 12th, 2023 by Amy
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Image courtesy of the Centre for Ageing Better age-positive image library If you think you should have been considered for NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) funding but were not, it may be possible to request a retrospective review of these ‘previously unassessed periods of care’ (PUPoC) and receive a reimbursement of these costs. An assessment may be made for care that the individual has funded either in full or in part, and you can raise this with your local Integrated Care Board (ICB). Click here to find your local ICB. An assessment for a Previously Unassessed Period …read more

Applying for an NHS CHC assessment for a Previously Unassessed Period of Care (PUPoC) – tips and advice

Posted on: December 12th, 2023 by Amy
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Image courtesy of In-Press Photography via the Centre for Ageing Better age-positive image library If you think you should have been considered for NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) funding but were not, it may be possible to request a retrospective assessment of these ‘previously unassessed periods of care’ (PUPoCs) and receive a reimbursement of these costs. An assessment may be made for care that the individual has funded either in full or in part and may be undertaken for those currently paying for their care, or for individuals who have passed away. Click here to read our …read more

2023 updates to PUPoC policy guidelines – what’s new?

Posted on: December 12th, 2023 by Amy
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This week the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) released updated policy guidelines which aim to help those submitting requests for retrospective Continuing Healthcare (CHC) funding by making clearer the application process from start to finish, and improving consistency in the way these applications are dealt with. The guidelines have been produced with input from member organisations of the CHC Alliance including Beacon, as well as other advocacy and healthcare professionals. Retrospective assessments for Previously Unassessed Periods of Care (PUPoCs) are accessible for individuals who think they should have been considered for funding at the …read more

Terminology adjustment to paragraph 59 of the National Framework

Posted on: November 14th, 2023 by Amy
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Recently the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) made an adjustment to the terminology of paragraph 59 of the National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare (NF). The new version of paragraph 59 states: The old version of paragraph 59 was as follows: While this amendment potentially does not change the core meaning of the section of the NF and in fact emphasises the link between the primary health need test and the quantity and quality test established in the Coughlan judgement, it now appears to specifically state that ‘Part A’ of the test only applies …read more

Advocacy Awareness Week 2023 – What is advocacy?

Posted on: November 10th, 2023 by Amy

6 – 11 November 2023 is Advocacy Awareness Week and across the UK organisations have been getting involved by running events, producing resources, and opening up important conversations on the topic. At Beacon we’ve been reflecting on what we understand by the term ‘advocacy’ – what it is, why it’s important, and what its role is in relation to NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC). The National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTI), organisers of the Advocacy Awareness Week initiative, say: “Independent advocacy is a powerful mechanism of support that enables people to say what they want, secure their …read more

Tell Healthwatch Oxfordshire your experience of NHS Continuing Healthcare

Posted on: October 6th, 2023 by Amy
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Image courtesy of Peter Kindersley via the Centre for Ageing Better age-positive image library Healthwatch Oxfordshire wants to hear about your experience of applying for NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) funding and support. The county’s independent health and care watchdog is looking for people in the area willing to share their stories so it can highlight what is working well and what could be better. It wants to hear from those who have been successful in their applications for CHC funding, as well as those who have not. Stories can be shared via Zoom, phone or face …read more

DHSC call for evidence on improving integrated commissioning in health and social care

Posted on: September 19th, 2023 by Amy
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The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is welcoming views on changes to section 75 of the NHS Act 2006 – to increase the use of pooled budgets to support the integration of health and care. The changes aim to encourage system leaders in local areas to use partnership arrangements and pooled budgets more widely, and more flexibly, in ways that will benefit patients. The survey considers current section 75 partnership arrangements and impacts; supporting further integration between health and social care; and widening the scope of section 75 of the NHS Act 2006 to …read more

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