After an unsuccessful three-year fight for recompense of health funding for her mother, Margaret was exhausted, ready to give up. Then she called us.

Posted on: July 4th, 2016 by Meelee Parsons

With free support and advice from Beacon CHC, Margaret fought against the unlawful practice of families having to pay top-ups for care – and received over £35,000. In January 2012 Margaret’s (not her real name) mother, who had Parkinson’s disease, fractured her hip and was admitted to hospital. In hospital she was assessed as eligible for NHS continuing healthcare (CHC) funding, and was discharged to a nursing home. Margaret was told that the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) that paid her mother’s CHC would not meet the full cost of the nursing home fees. The patient/family was …read more

Five things you need to know about eligibility for NHS continuing healthcare

Posted on: June 6th, 2016 by Meelee Parsons

Thousands of people across the UK need to receive ongoing care due to disability, accident or illness. For those that are eligible, the NHS funds the full cost of this care. Sound simple? It’s not. The eligibility criteria are complex and nuanced, and their interpretation is open to disagreement. We help hundreds of people each week to understand NHS continuing healthcare eligibility, and to challenge funding decisions when appropriate. Here we’ve put together five important facts about NHS continuing healthcare eligibility that you should bear in mind when preparing for your own, or your loved-one’s, assessment …read more

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