How It Works

Older WheelchairThere are certain circumstances under which an assessment for NHS Continuing Healthcare should be automatically triggered.

These include:

  • When the individual is ready for discharge from hospital prior to a local authority funding assessment
  • When going into a care home with nursing before receiving an NHS funded nursing care assessment
  • When an individual’s physical or mental health appears to decline significantly

You can also seek an assessment from a health or social care professional, such as your GP or social worker, at any time. If you are unsuccessful at the assessment stages, there are a range of dispute resolution options available to you.

The team at Beacon can help you throughout the process, regardless of which stage you are currently at. We take the time to explain the criteria and framework to you so that you can make informed decisions. If your assessment for funding is unsuccessful, we will help you understand how your individual needs have been assessed against the criteria, identify any possible avenues for appeal and if you choose to appeal, our expert caseworkers will guide you through each stage with as much or as little support as you feel you need.

We can liaise with you and your family, as well as the health and social care professionals involved in the provision of your care, to ensure that your assessment is as detailed and accurate as possible or to put together comprehensive appeal submissions to support your case. Our team can represent you in person at appeal, provide analysis of the rationale used by the review panels and explain the system at every step of the way.

Due to a huge rise in demand for our free helpline, we have a backlog of enquiries. We are getting back to everyone as quickly as we can, but our response time for free advice is currently up to one week.

We are deeply sorry for this delay.

You can access free and comprehensive written information about the CHC process NOW, by registering here