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Continuing healthcare (CHC) is complex care outside a hospital arranged and funded by the NHS. It is only available to people who meet the eligibility criteria and have on-going healthcare needs. It is available free of charge.


Continuing health care funding will pay for care in many settings – it could be in a care home, hospice, or the person’s own home. In their own home it will cover both personal care and healthcare costs.

To be eligible, you or the person you look after must be assessed as having a "primary health need", have a complex medical condition and substantial and on-going care needs.  Further information is available in the NHS Continuing Healthcare booklet.

We can help you get a Continuing Healthcare assessment.  The initial assessment consists of a short form which can be completed by a nurse, doctor, other healthcare professional or social worker. You, or the person you look after, will be told what’s happening, and be asked for consent.

If the initial assessment shows that you, or the person you look after, may be eligible for funding, you will get a full assessment from a specialist team from NHS in Sefton. This team will include any health and social care professionals already involved in the care of the person being assessed. 

To find out more and to get an assessment, talk to your social worker or GP, or call the council’s contact centre on 0345 140 0845.

Please find more information through the link below about local health services, including health centres and local hospices. 

NHS Choices


Last Updated on 31 October 2016

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