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Review and Reassessment of those eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding: Understanding the process

Posted on: May 7th, 2024 by Amy
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Photo courtesy of Elliot Manches via the Centre for Ageing Better age-positive image library. If you have been assessed as eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) funding either after undergoing a Full Assessment or via the Fast Track route, you should be reviewed within 3 months of the eligibility decision and at least every 12 months thereafter. The main focus of the Review is to ascertain whether the care plan or arrangements remain appropriate to meet your needs. However, where there is clear evidence of a change in needs to such an extent that it may …read more

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

Should I appeal a Continuing Healthcare eligibility decision? Our expert guide

Posted on: August 31st, 2023 by Amy
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Image courtesy of Elliot Manches via the Centre for Ageing Better age-positive image library In this article we outline the grounds on which you can appeal a decision about eligibility for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding. This may help you to decide whether to launch a challenge. Every year, thousands of people are assessed for NHS funding for long-term care, called NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC). According to the National Audit Office, around two-thirds of assessments conclude that the person is not eligible for funding. This can be a huge blow to individuals and their families, and often …read more