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NHS Continuing Healthcare

NHS Continuing Healthcare services are arranged and funded by the NHS for people that are not in hospital but have ongoing health needs.

It's one pathway and a package of care provided by the NHS to adults who have very severe or complex health needs. NHS continuing healthcare can be provided in in any setting outside hospital, such as in the young person’s own home or in a registered care home.


Who can get it?

NHS Continuing Healthcare is not dependent on any particular disease, diagnosis or medical condition and is for anyone assessed as needing a certain level of health care whether they are at home or in a nursing home.

People who may qualify for NHS Continuing Healthcare include those living with a complex medical condition who require a lot of care and support or those who need highly specialised nursing support. This includes people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health needs.

An overview of NHS Continuing Healthcare - a film by NHS England

Personal Health Budgets?

Personal health budgets support the vision of a more personalised health service. They are one way of giving people more control over decisions about when, how and from whom they receive their care.

Those who are eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare have the right to ask their case manager for a personal health budget and have the right to have a personal health budget if appropriate.

You can find out more about personal budgets here.

More information and how to get in touch?

  • If you have any questions, you can contact the Continuing Healthcare clinical team by calling 020 3317 5250 or by emailing


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