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Continuing Healthcare (CHC)

Dudley CCG Continuing Healthcare (CHC) Team have a direct dial phone number: 01384 321777


NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) is the name given to a package of care that is arranged and funded solely by the NHS for individuals who are not in hospital but have complex on-going healthcare needs.

If you are eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare, you can receive NHS continuing healthcare in any setting, for example:

  • in your own home – the NHS will pay for healthcare, such as services from a community nurse or specialist therapist, and personal care, such as help with bathing, dressing and laundry
  • in a care home – as well as healthcare and personal care, the NHS will pay for your care home fees, including board and accommodation

NHS continuing healthcare is free, unlike social and community care services provided by local authorities.

A full guide can be found on the What is Continuing Healthcare? section of the NHS Choices website or in the public information leaflet ‘NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing Care’ published by the Department of Health

See our adult policies below:

Continuing Healthcare Policy Adults

Continuing Healthcare – Choice & Resource Allocation Policy V1.0

To find out more about Continuing Healthcare, please contact:

Continuing Healthcare Team: 01384 321777

Children and Young People

NHS Continuing Care (CC) is the term given to a package of care arranged and funded for a person age 17 years or under to meet needs which have arisen as a result of a disability, accident or illness and whose needs are so complex that additional support is required.

Continuing Care for children and young people is provided to support the arising health needs.  Children and young people with complex needs may not only need support from health services.  They may also have special educational needs. Appropriate care of children or young people with profound multiple disabilities or chronic severe illness involves input from all statutory agencies: Health, Social Care and Education and will be highlighted in the child or young person’s EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan).

See our policy here: Children and Young People’s Continuing Care Policy V1.3

Children and Young People’s Continuing Care Information Leaflet

To find out more about Continuing Care, please contact:

Kellie Lennon: 01384 322606 or k.lennon@nhs.net

Personal Health Budgets – Local Offer

A personal health budget (PHB) is an amount of money to support your identified health and wellbeing needs, planned and agreed between you and your local NHS Team. This aim is to give people with long term conditions and disabilities greater choice and control over the health care and support they receive.

The CCG have developed a local process to enable these budgets to happen. From October 2014, patients with Continuing Healthcare/Continuing Care needs have the right to have a PHB. From April 2016 onwards the CCG plans to extend its local offer for supporting PHB’s to the following groups:

  1. Adults, children and young people with continuing healthcare needs
  2. Children with special educational needs
  3. Adults and children with learning disabilities.

These are essentially 3 ways for people to receive and manage PHB’s:

  1. A direct payment – a pre-payment card allowing the cardholder to manage and directly pay for the agreed health care needs
  2. A notional budget – where the CCG makes arrangements for the agreed care and support.
  3. A third party budget – where someone independent of the individual and the NHS holds the budget and makes arrangements for the agreed care and support.

The CCG and the Local Authority have been working closely to link personal health budgets up across health and social care.

For further information on the Local Authority Local Offer please click here


To find out more regarding personal health budgets please contact the following: