Your essential guide to getting assessed for NHS continuing healthcare funding. Part 2

Posted on: September 5th, 2016 by Tim Saunders

Part 2: The Full Assessment of Need – what is it and who completes it? If a Screening Checklist has been completed (see Part one) and indicates you’re eligible for a full assessment, your clinical commissioning group (CCG) should get the ball rolling to get this completed. In part two of our guide to the assessment process for NHS continuing healthcare, we will outline what to expect from a full assessment, who should be involved, and what it comprises. If you have questions or concerns about your Full Assessment of Need – or any other part …read more

“Led up the garden path, then cruelly let down.” The ‘rogue’ firms that came into continuing healthcare for a quick buck.

Posted on: July 20th, 2016 by Tim Saunders

Beacon’s Managing Director, Dan Harbour, today appeared on BBC Radio 4’s consumer affairs programme You and Yours to lift the lid on ill-prepared claims firms that are letting vulnerable people down. Here Dan writes about his concerns and anger at these firms: Back in March 2012, a new deadline was set for retrospective assessments for continuing healthcare funding. This meant that people that had paid for their care between 2004 and 2011 had until 30 September 2012 to apply for a back-dated assessment of funding eligibility, or to appeal a decision relating to that period. People …read more

Your essential guide to getting assessed for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding. Part 1 – The Checklist

Posted on: July 19th, 2016 by Tim Saunders
A path directed towards the exit of a maze.

The Screening Checklist For most people, the first step in getting assessed for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding is a screening stage where a health or social care professional evaluates your needs against a Checklist. Here we explain when and how you can request a Checklist assessment, what it entails, and what happens next. If you have questions or concerns about the outcome of a Checklist assessment – or any other part of the Continuing Healthcare assessment process – you can talk to a Beacon advisor for free. How to request a Checklist assessment for continuing healthcare …read more

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 Tim Saunders

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 Tim Saunders

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