If you are living with a complex health condition that impacts your life, you may be entitled to Continuing Healthcare Funding (CHC), a form of funding entirely managed and funded by the NHS. While CHC funding does not consider your financial circumstances, the qualification criteria are rather strict.

At Prestige Nursing & Care we help families up and down the country better understand how they can finance care, whether through public funding available to them or financing initiatives that can contribute to the overall cost.

If you are living with a complex need and require nurse-led care, you may be entitled to healthcare funding to receive care directly in your own home. Here we explain what you need to know about receiving NHS Continuing Healthcare to help fund your care.


If you have an identified primary healthcare need, care is provided free at the point of delivery in the UK. NHS Continuing Healthcare funding is a form of care that is organised and funded by your local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). You can choose to receive this care in a primary or acute care setting or choose to receive support right in your own home.

Your CCG will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your needs to determine whether you are eligible for healthcare funding. In order to be eligible for CHC funding, the assessment must conclude that your needs are ‘primary’ and not just a social care need.

At Prestige Nursing & Care, we have developed strong relationships with many CCGs that are based on a shared goal of securing the right funded care package for our clients. This enables our clients to get the right care, at the right time, for all of life.

We work in collaboration to ensure that the care and support provided evolve with changing needs. Throughout the process, we engage with our client and their family, so everyone is involved in making the support plan. This ensures people can live independent and fulfilled lives at home whilst their family gets all the support they need.


The Continuing Healthcare Checklist is a screening tool used by the NHS to identify individuals that should be referred for a full assessment of eligibility for NHS Continuing Healthcare. It is the first step in the assessment process of determining whether you are eligible for healthcare funding.

The NHS Continuing Healthcare Checklist is an 11-point checklist that considers your care needs from several “domains”. These domains are simply various areas of your life where you may require extra support such as nutrition or mobility.

It is a relatively quick process to go through and the threshold for passing onto the next stage of your assessment is low. If you require any form of extra care or support, then you are likely to go through to the full assessment.


The process of finding out whether you are eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding can be a lengthy one. The qualification criteria are quite rigorous. This can be overwhelming for some families.

As we have formed strong relationships with CCG teams locally, we can work effectively together to deliver the best outcome possible for our families.

Here is a step-by-step guide to the full application process:

  1. Requesting a screening: The first step is to ask for a continuing care assessment from your social worker or GP
  2. Initial screening: “The NHS Continuing Healthcare Checklist” – A medical professional will be assigned to your application and will arrange with you to undertake an initial screening at home or in hospital
  3. The full assessment: Each of your healthcare needs will be categorised as low, moderate, high, severe, or priority. You will be eligible for support if you have one priority and more than one severe need

They will consider the following needs:

  • Breathing
  • Nutrition
  • Continence
  • Skin integrity
  • Mobility
  • Communication
  • Psychological needs
  • Emotional needs
  • Cognition
  • Behaviour
  • Medication and drug therapies
  • Altered state of consciousness
  • Other significant care needs
  1. Receive your decision: You will then receive the results from your assessment via your CCG. They will then make the final decision as to what level of funding you will receive. They will write to you and explain how they made their decision.
  2. Appeal the decision: If you are deemed as not eligible, you can appeal this decision. The first step is to appeal by writing to your local CCG, but it is also a good idea to start considering other healthcare finance and funding options available. Your CCG has five days to acknowledge your request.

When appealing your decision, be sure to provide evidence supporting your claim. Your CCG has three months to look through everything you’ve provided and work out the next step to take. If you are not found eligible the second time, you can escalate your claim to NHS England for an Independent Review Panel.


If you have a nursing need that requires nurse-led care, the NHS will pay the weekly fee for the nursing care you receive in your own home. As with an application for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding, you will need to have an assessment of your needs.

In the first instance, you should attempt to access NHS Continuing Healthcare funding. If you have been declined, NHS Nursing Care funding is another way to get a contribution towards your care. For many families, this is a welcome payment to help with the overall cost of care.



If you are an adult eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding or a child in receipt of Continuing Care or NHS Funded Nursing Care, you will be offered the choice of receiving your funding through a personal health budget (PHB).

The purpose of a PHB is to give those living with long-term health conditions and disabilities choice and control over how their funding is spent on their health and well-being needs. Whether that is in their own home or a residential care or specialist care setting.

The funding is provided by your CCG and in some instances can be jointly funded with your local authority depending on your care package.

There are options as to how you manage your funding and care arrangements:

Direct payments

You or your representative receives the funding directly to procure and manage the care, support and services you need. Whilst there are procedures to follow and guidelines governing how it is spent, this gives you more freedom and control to decide what is best for you. You will have to provide evidence as to how the direct payments have been spent.

Third-party personal health budget

An independent organisation, for example, a lawyer, will hold the funding on your behalf and arranges and pays for the care and support you need as identified in a plan of care.

Notional personal health budget

The funding available to you based on your assessed needs will be managed by your NHS team. They will arrange the care and support you need, including choosing the care provider and paying for the care directly. This means you do not get any funding directly.

If you manage your own personal budget, you will be free to choose the provider you wish to receive care. If the CCG manages it, you will be restricted to using a provider from their preferred supplier list. However, it is worth noting that you can rest assured that the care providers on the CCG or social services approved suppliers list will have gone through rigorous checks for safety and compliance.

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Those who do not have complex healthcare needs and may not qualify for healthcare funding will need to finance the cost of care themselves. This is referred to as private care funding or self-funded care.

Many families who have an elderly loved one receiving care at home to assist with day-to-day activities, such as cooking/preparing food, personal care or who require companionship, may find they will have to self-fund the care they need. Funding for elderly care at home may be available for this type of care through your local authority, depending on your financial circumstances. It is always worth exploring what elderly care funding is available, as this could considerably contribute towards the cost of care.

What can NHS Continuing Healthcare be claimed with?

If you are deemed eligible for NHS Continuing healthcare, you may become ineligible for other forms of funding and benefits. Here are the benefits that can be claimed in conjunction with NHS Continuing healthcare.

Funding Type Home Care Care Home
Local authority care funding No No
NHS-Funded Nursing Care No No
Disability Living Allowance Yes No
Attendance Allowance Yes No
Pension Credits All Some
State Pension Yes Yes


If you require independent information and advice about your home care funding options, there are several charities and advisory services that can provide you with valuable guidance, including:

There is an organisation called Care to Be Different, which can provide you with useful advice on how to navigate NHS Continuing Healthcare funding. Care To Be Different was formed by Angela Sherman following her own frustrating and lengthy attempts to secure healthcare funding for her parents. The website has lots of practical tips on funding, funding assessments and care fees.


Get in touch with our friendly care experts about healthcare funding or contact a location near you. We provide impartial guidance and advice, so you make the right choice for you and your family.

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