Last chance to apply for NHS Continuing Health Care funding

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The end of this month sees the deadline for people in Bucks to apply for reimbursement if they have been paying for nursing care and meet the threshold for Continuing Health Care funding entitlement.

Applications for retrospective assessment for funding eligibility for continuing healthcare which took place between April 1 2011 and March 31 2012 must be made by March 31.

‘Continuing healthcare’ means care provided over an extended period of time to a person aged 18 or over, to meet physical or mental health needs that have arisen as a result of disability, accident or illness.

NHS Continuing Health Care funding is money which is used to provide care for people with complex healthcare needs.

Care provided in this way is arranged and funded solely by the NHS and is free, unlike help from social services for which a charge may be incurred, depending on income and savings.

To be eligible for NHS Continuing Health Care funding, a person’s main or primary care need must relate to health, for example a complex medical condition requiring highly specialised nursing support. The care could have been provided in a variety of different settings, including care homes or in a person’s home.

Applications can be made on behalf of individuals who have passed away.

To find out how to request and assessment of eligibility, contact NHS Bucks retrospective project co-ordinator Haleema Sadia on 01494 552291 or email Haleema.sadia@nhs.net

Find out more about Continuing Health Care funding, at www.buckinghamshire.nhs.uk/local-services/continuing-health-care/