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  • Funded nursing care guidelines for care homes don’t go far enough – our response to ombudsman’s report April 27, 2018
    NHS-funded Nursing Care (FNC) is the Department of Health’s contribution towards care homes’ costs for people who are in receipt of nursing care from a registered nurse. In 2016 we reported that the standard FNC rate was rising to £156.25 per week (from £112). We hoped that care homes would reflect this rate rise in their ...
  • Government response to recommendations for CHC improvement are ‘not heart-warming’, says Beacon April 27, 2018
    In January, following an inquiry to which we were invited to give expert evidence, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) published their frank assessment of the state of the Continuing Healthcare (CHC) system. In it they highlighted five areas where the system is falling short: delays in assessments awareness of the funding the postcode lottery of eligibility inconsistent compliance to the ...
  • The National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare has been updated – our response March 6, 2018
    On Friday 2 March the Department of Health and Social Care published a revised National Framework for Continuing Healthcare (CHC) and NHS-funded Nursing Care. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have until October 2018 to adopt the new rules. Dan Harbour, Managing Director of Beacon, and the national Information and Advice Service for NHS CHC, said: “CHC packages can make a ...
  • Beacon and Continuing Healthcare Alliance welcome frank report from parliamentary committee January 17, 2018
    The Public Accounts Committee has today (Wednesday 17 January 2018) issued a report that makes recommendations to improve the NHS Continuing Healthcare system. Responding to the report, Matina Loizou, Chair of the Continuing Healthcare Alliance (of which Beacon is a member) said:  “This report is a victory for so many vulnerable, unwell people in England who have ...
  • More concerns raised about Continuing Healthcare in the East Midlands September 22, 2017
    In response to a story reported in the Health Service Journal on 20 September 2017 ‘CSU blunder leads to hundreds of missed continuing healthcare alerts’ Dan Harbour, Managing Director of Beacon, said: “Last week, a report by the BBC’s Inside Out East programme raised concerns about the integrity of the patient assessment process at the large commissioning ...