Posts Tagged ‘NHS CHC’

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

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

BBC coverage of NHS Continuing Healthcare: Mother stays awake for 60 hours as son’s care breaks down

Posted on: August 8th, 2023 by Amy
Declan in his wheelchair with his mother standing beside him.

Image: Family photo shared via the BBC On Monday 7 August the BBC ran a multi-platform news story regarding NHS Continuing Healthcare, which as experts in CHC Beacon was asked to contribute to. Through a long-form web article and additional radio and television coverage including the Today programme, BBC Breakfast and BBC News at Six the report emphasised that despite recent significant increases in spending on Continuing Healthcare, staff shortages and rising prices have meant that families of people with complex medical needs are lacking the help they need, warning that the NHS system that funds …read more

With free support from Beacon Margaret fought against top-ups and received over £35,000 in recompense

Posted on: August 7th, 2023 by Tim Saunders
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With free support from Beacon’s Information & Advice service, Margaret fought against the unlawful practice of families having to pay top-ups for care – and received over £35,000. In January 2012 Margaret’s (not her real name) mother, who had Parkinson’s disease, fractured her hip and was admitted to hospital. In hospital she was assessed as eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) funding, and was discharged to a nursing home. Margaret was told that the Clinical Commissioning Group (now ICB) that paid her mother’s CHC would not meet the full cost of the nursing home fees. The …read more

Christine recovered more than £11,000 in care funding with free guidance from Beacon

Posted on: August 6th, 2023 by Tim Saunders
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With free guidance from our Information & Advice team, Christine highlighted the flaws in the management of her mother’s assessment and recovered more than £11,000 in care funding. Wynne was unable to make decisions for herself, so her daughter, Christine, held Lasting Power of Attorney and was her representative. However, Christine was not informed when a re-assessment of Wynne’s eligibility for continuing healthcare funding was arranged, and it took place without her knowledge. This review concluded that Wynne was no longer eligible for CHC funding, and a letter was sent to her at her care home. …read more

Beacon secures NHS funding for young man with significant care needs

Posted on: August 5th, 2023 by Tim Saunders
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A few years ago Beacon’s caseworkers began supporting a couple whose son had recently suffered a serious road traffic accident, leaving him with multiple life-long physical and mental health needs resulting from his brain injury. Following a significant period of time in hospital during which the young man underwent multiple life-saving operations, he was discharged to a specialist long-term care facility, in receipt of an extensive care package. This care package was initially fully-funded by the NHS who assessed him as having a ‘primary health need’ due to the extent of his intensive and complex care …read more

Celebrating 75 years of the NHS – reflections from the Beacon team

Posted on: July 7th, 2023 by Amy
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This week marks the 75th anniversary of the NHS. Members of the Beacon team reflect on personal experiences, the concept of a public healthcare system, and the people who work tirelessly within this unique institution.   Dan Harbour, Managing Director: “The NHS care my family received when going through two pregnancies and deliveries was fantastic, timely and caring. Likewise any treatment / investigations my immediate family has needed have been timely, professional and high quality. The clinical expertise and advice provided to my mum’s care home by the community palliative team made that whole situation much …read more