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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

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

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

Beacon’s intimate knowledge of CHC system results in funding of £160,000 for Kate and her mother Gill

Posted on: November 22nd, 2023 by Amy
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Kate’s mother Gill was assessed for NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) and found not eligible. In the months and years following this assessment, the ICB periodically reviewed Gill’s needs and on each occasion concluded there had been no significant change and that therefore there was no need to re-consider her for CHC funding. With Beacon’s assistance, Kate appealed the original assessment decision and was successful at Independent Review (IR). However, the ICB stated they would only pay reimbursement up until the date of the first review. This constituted just 1 month of funding to be reimbursed. Because …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

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

Beacon successfully appeals eligibility decision to secure funding for brain injury patient

Posted on: August 4th, 2023 by Tim Saunders
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Mr Johnson is a gentleman in his early sixties with an Acquired Brain Injury. He has been in receipt of NHS Continuing Healthcare funding for 7 years which pays for an extensive care package in his own home, where he lives with his wife who is also his main carer. The cost of the care package is £80,000 per year. At his annual continuing healthcare review Mr Johnson was assessed as no longer eligible despite presenting with healthcare needs that necessitated 24 hour care and constant monitoring during the day, due to the complex interrelation of …read more

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