NHS Continuing Healthcare – the revised National Framework

Posted on November 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

By PETER GROSE and LAURA GUNTRIP Lester Aldridge Solicitors LLP Tel: 01202 786161

*In July 2009 the Department of Health issued a revised National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing Care in an attempt to clarify the confusing eligibility arrangements for NHS continuing care and to incorporate lessons learnt from recent court decisions.*

The National Framework was published in 2007 to improve the consistency of NHS continuing healthcare, introducing a single national approach to determining eligibility. Formerly, each of the 28 strategic health authorities in England had its own rules and processes for determining eligibility for NHS continuing healthcare. This inevitably led to inconsistency in approach between regions. The original National Framework introduced a common process and national tools for use throughout the NHS in England to support decision making.  Additionally, the National Framework made a major change to NHS-funded nursing care, introducing just a single band of payment for NHS-funded nursing care (i.e. the funding of nursing ca

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