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Beacon Featured on BBC Radio 4’s Inside Health Programme Tonight – Tuesday 30th September, 9pm

Posted on: September 30th, 2014 by Jane Shepley

Tonight’s BBC Inside Health programme will feature a discussion about the state of NHS continuing healthcare in England and Wales, including an interview with Beacon’s Managing Director, Dan Harbour. Presented by Dr. Mark Porter, the feature will focus on the difficulties experienced by many families in obtaining NHS funding for the long-term care of a loved-one, with contributions from people who have experienced the inefficiencies of the assessment system. The programme will highlight growing concerns about delays in assessment timescales and discuss recent NHS statistics which show that seven years after the introduction of national guidance, …read more

FirstStop Advice Partnership with Beacon

Posted on: September 2nd, 2014 by Jane Shepley

We are delighted to announce that Beacon is now working in partnership with FirstStop Advice. FirstStop Advice is an independent, impartial and free service provided by the national charity Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC) in partnership with local and national partner organisations. The service is for older people, their families and carers. It aims to help people get the help or care they need to live as independently and comfortably as possible. Whether that is remaining living where they are now, or moving to somewhere that suits them better, FirstStop are able to discuss all their options. …read more

NHS Data Shows Eligibility for Care Funding is Still a Postcode Lottery

Posted on: September 2nd, 2014 by Jane Shepley

Thousands of the most vulnerable people with serious health problems are being neglected by our continuing healthcare system. The latest official figures show a further and accelerating rise in the numbers of people eligible for continuing healthcare to 60,000 but with huge regional variations in the setting of the threshold. Figures published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre recently show that an average of 53.8 people per 50,000 are entitled to NHS continuing healthcare and those people will have the full cost of their care and accommodation funded by the NHS. But some parts …read more

Unacceptable Delays in Continuing Healthcare Assessments

Posted on: September 1st, 2014 by Jane Shepley

Beacon are becoming increasingly concerned about the impact that delays in completing continuing healthcare assessments are having on some of the most vulnerable people in our society. For most people there are three stages of assessment; checklist (screening), full multidisciplinary assessment, and a decision by the Clinical Commissioning Group. The full assessment process should take no longer than 28 days to complete, from checklist referral through to eligibility decision. Although it is common for assessments to exceed these timescales (indeed the overwhelming majority of Decision Support Tools seen by Beacon over the past 10 years have …read more

Your Entitlement to a Personal Health Budget

Posted on: June 4th, 2014 by Jane Shepley

As of October 2014 every person who is eligible for continuing healthcare should be offered a personal health budget. The aim of giving people (or their representatives) their own budgets to manage is to promote genuine choice and control over how your assessed care needs are met by providing you with the flexibility to choose your own care provision, within certain boundaries. If you decide that you would like a personal health budget your Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) should work with you to set personalised care and wellbeing goals, based upon the assessed needs detailed in your …read more

How to Prepare for an NHS Continuing Healthcare Assessment – Our Top Tips

Posted on: May 29th, 2014 by Jane Shepley

To find out if you are eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare, you must be assessed by a team of health and social care professionals who are knowledgeable about your care needs. We know it can be a complex and nerve-wracking process, so we’ve put together some handy hints to help you prepare. By arriving at the assessment with everything you need, and mentally prepared, you’ll give yourself the best chance of a positive experience and outcome. 1. Gather up-to-date evidence Discuss the assessment in advance with your care home manager or care agency, asking them to ensure that …read more

Age UK Oxfordshire Endorse Beacon

Posted on: April 19th, 2014 by Jane Shepley
A path directed towards the exit of a maze.

Over the past ten years Age UK Oxfordshire has provided a free independent specialist information, advice, advocacy and active casework service for individuals and their representatives within Oxfordshire who have received an NHS continuing healthcare (CHC) assessment. This service is open to anybody entering the long-term care system and at any stage of the continuing healthcare process, from initial hospital Checklist through to retrospective reviews covering several years’ worth of care. Age UK Oxfordshire are the only local Age UK partner to provide a specialist, dedicated continuing healthcare casework service and as a result, they often …read more

Our MD Commissioned by NHS England to Recruit IRP Chairs

Posted on: February 19th, 2014 by Jane Shepley No Comments

Beacon’s Managing Director, Dan Harbour, has continued his long-running professional relationship with NHS England by being invited to take part in the interview process for the recruitment of Independent Review Panel chairs across the South of England. Independent Review Panels play an important role in the continuing healthcare appeal process so it is essential that these panels are chaired by lay people with the right skills and experience to facilitate fair and consistent decision-making. Chairs must also be completely independent of the NHS. Dan was asked to act as NHS England’s independent representative on the IRP …read more