What is NHS Continuing Healthcare?

A carer and patient at home NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) is the name given to a package of care that is arranged and funded solely by the NHS for people who are not in hospital who have complex ongoing healthcare needs.

To be eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare, your main or primary need for care must relate to your health. For example, people who are eligible are likely to:

  • Have a complex medical condition that requires a lot of care and support
  • Need highly specialised nursing support.

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.

The National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and Funded Nursing Care provides the details on how these services are delivered. 

In addition, our NHS Continuing Healthcare Choice and Equity Policy supports consistent and equitable decisions about the provision of care regardless of the person’s age, condition or disability. Please note, this policy is currently under review in line with the latest national guidance.

The following websites offer additional explanations of Continuing Healthcare:

What is Funded Nursing Care?

‘NHS-Funded Nursing Care’ is a payment made by the CCG for the qualified nursing input provided for residents in a Care Home with Nursing, who are not eligible for CHC funding.

NHS Continuing Healthcare video

Find out more about the Continuing Healthcare process in this useful video from NHS England