NHS Continuing Care

NHS continuing healthcare is a package of care provided outside hospital, arranged and funded solely by the NHS, to meet people's ongoing healthcare needs.

Who is eligible for NHS continuing healthcare?

Your needs are assessed by a team of healthcare professionals (a "multi-disciplinary team"), who use a Framework for NHS continuing healthcare which is defined by NHS England. 

You and where appropriate your family are involved in this assessment process. To be eligible for NHS continuing healthcare, you must be assessed as having a "primary health need", and not on any particular diagnosis or condition. If your needs change then your eligibility for NHS continuing healthcare may change.

After your assessment

You will be notified in writing of the outcome of your assessment. If you are not eligible, the reasons will be explained in the letter.

You will also be given details of how to appeal if you feel the decision is wrong. The professional who referred you will also be informed of the outcome of your assessment.

Care and support planning

If you are eligible for NHS continuing healthcare, the next stage is to arrange a care and support package which meets your assessed needs.

Depending on your situation, different options could be suitable. The  NHS continuing healthcare team should work with you and consider your views when agreeing your care and support package and the setting where it will be provided, other factors such as the cost and value for money of different options will be taken into account.


If you are eligible for NHS continuing healthcare, your needs and support package should normally be reviewed within three months and thereafter at least annually. This review will consider whether your existing care and support package meets your assessed needs. If your needs have changed, the review will also consider whether you are still eligible for NHS continuing healthcare.


A child can receive NHS Continuing healthcare in the same way as an adult. By the age of 18 a child will have been transitioned into adult services. However, a child in education may take a different transitions route into adult services, which may take longer. It can be up to 25 years of age.

Further information

To find out more about NHS continuing healthcare visit the NHS Choices website or contact the Continuing Healthcare Team on  Tel: 0203-668-1900 (option 2) or email: Croccg.continuingcare@nhs.net

Also, please visit the Department of Health website for detailed information on the National framework for NHS continuing healthcare and NHS funded nursing care: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-framework-for-nhs-continuing-healthcare-and-nhs-funded-nursing-care