Continuing Healthcare

Continuing care services have three distinct areas of their service; these include the Continuing Healthcare, Fast Track and Funded Nursing Care.

What is NHS continuing healthcare?

NHS continuing healthcare is a package of care provided over a set period of time, and then reviewed, to a person aged 18 or over, to meet significant and complex physical or mental health needs that have arisen as a result of disability, accident or illness.

It is funded solely by the NHS and is free for those who are assessed as eligible, unlike help from social services for which a charge may be incurred depending on income and savings.

Care arranged as part of NHS continuing healthcare can be provided in a variety of different settings including; care homes, hospices or an individual’s home.

For more information on continuing care, please visit the NHS Choices website here.

Who is eligible for NHS continuing healthcare funding?

Eligibility is determined by a detailed assessment which looks at all of aspects of care needs:

  • nature – the type of condition or treatment required
  • complexity – symptoms that interact; therefore difficult to manage or control
  • intensity – one or more health needs, so severe they require regular intervention
  • unpredictability – unexpected changes in condition that are difficult to manage and present a risk to you or to others.

Who to contact for further information and request an assessment of eligibility?

Individuals, relatives, carers and representatives can contact the Oxfordshire Continuing Healthcare Team on the numbers below for further information on how to request an assessment of eligibility.

Address: Admin Block, Abingdon Hospital, Marcham Road, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 1AG

Email Address  Contact Number
South  continuingcaresouth@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk 01865 904329
North continuingcarenorth@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk 01865 904028
Central continuingcarecentral@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk 01865 904286

 

 

If you do not qualify for NHS continuing health care then you may have to pay for some or all of your care, although the NHS will still provide for your medical needs. You may also have to take a local authority means test to decide how much you should pay towards your personal care and accommodation if you are in a care home.

 

Funded Nursing Care

What is Funded Nursing Care (FNC)

NHS-funded nursing care is care provided by a registered nurse for people who live in a care home. The NHS will pay a flat rate contribution directly to the care home towards the cost of this registered nursing care.

Who is eligible for NHS-funded nursing care?

You may be eligible for NHS-funded nursing care if:

  • you are not eligible for NHS continuing healthcare but have been assessed as needing care from a registered nurse
  • you live in a care home registered to provide nursing care

How will my needs be assessed?

 You should be assessed for NHS continuing healthcare before a decision is made about whether you are eligible for NHS-funded nursing care.

Most people don’t need a separate assessment for NHS-funded nursing care. However, if you do need an assessment or you haven’t already had one, Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group has established a process that will ensure an assessment has been arranged for you.

 Outcome of the assessment

If you’re eligible for NHS-funded nursing care, the NHS will arrange and fund nursing care provided by registered nurses employed by the care home. Services provided by a registered nurse can include planning, supervising and monitoring nursing and healthcare tasks, as well as direct nursing care.

If you’re not eligible for NHS-funded nursing care and you don’t agree with the decision about your eligibility, you can ask for a review of the decision.

What is the rate of payment for NHS-funded nursing care?

NHS-funded nursing care is paid at the same rate across England. For 2016/17, the rate is £156.25 a week (standard rate).

Who to contact for further information and request an assessment of eligibility?

Individuals, relatives, carers and representatives can contact the Oxfordshire Continuing Healthcare Team on the numbers below for further information on how to request an assessment of eligibility.

Address : Admin Block, Abingdon Hospital, Marcham Road, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 1AG

Email Address  Contact Number
South  continuingcaresouth@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk 01865 904329
North continuingcarenorth@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk 01865 904028
Central continuingcarecentral@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk 01865 904286

Fast Track

Individuals with a rapidly deteriorating condition that may be entering a terminal phase of their illness, may require ‘fast tracking’ for immediate provision of NHS continuing healthcare.

The purpose of the Fast Track Tool is to ensure that individuals with a rapidly deteriorating condition that may be entering a terminal phase are supported wherever possible in their preferred place of care as quickly as possible

Who to contact for further information and request an assessment of eligibility?

Individuals, relatives, carers and representatives can contact the Oxfordshire Continuing Healthcare Team on the numbers below for further information on how to request an assessment of eligibility.

Address : Admin Block, Abingdon Hospital, Marcham Road, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 1AG

Email Address  Contact Number
South  continuingcaresouth@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk 01865 904329
North continuingcarenorth@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk 01865 904028
Central continuingcarecentral@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk 01865 904286

For more information on Fast Track please click here.

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