NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group is currently in the process of reviewing its continuing healthcare policy and is seeking the views of carers around the town to ensure it is fit for purpose.
Continuing Healthcare (CHC) refers to care provided over an extended period of time to a person aged 18 or over, to meet physical and/or mental health needs which have arisen as a result of disability, accident or illness. The care is arranged and funded by the NHS and so the commissioning group who buys the care is updating its policy on what can and cannot be paid for.
The policy describes the way in which Continuing Healthcare will provide care for people who have been assessed as eligible for fully funded NHS Continuing Healthcare. The policy has been reviewed in light of revised National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS Funded Nursing Care in October 2018.
The revision of the policy does not change it a great deal from the current policy with the only change being around an emphasis on greater family or appointed representative involvement in decision making and listening to their views.
You can view the draft policy here:Equity Choice and Value for Money DRAFT (pdf | 0.9 MB)
The current policy can be found here: Equity, Choice and Value for Money PDF (pdf | 0.8 MB)