The NHS Checklist

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Adam Cresswell - Seatons Solicitors - Kettering

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Nicki Slawson - Seatons Solicitors - Kettering

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Shelley Longmuir - Seatons Solicitors - Kettering

Shelley Longmuir

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NHS Continuing Healthcare – How Do You Start The Care Fee Process?

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Getting the right care in place for an elderly parent or other family members can be a difficult and upsetting time.

Once you have found the right care, you need to fund the right care.

Those who qualify for NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding get 100% of their care funded by the NHS.

The First Step…

Establishing a Healthcare Need or Social Care Need (or both)

So the first step is to establish whether the Applicant for Continuing Healthcare Funding has a Primary Healthcare Need or a Social Care Need (or both). There are no formal legal definitions of Primary Healthcare Need or Social Need, but the National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare helps  to put things into context:

“2.1 Whilst there is not a legal definition of a healthcare need (in the context of NHS continuing healthcare), in general terms it can be said that such a need is one related to the treatment, control or prevention of a disease, illness, injury or disability, and the care or aftercare of a person with these needs (whether or not the tasks involved have to be carried out by a health professional).

2.2 In general terms (not a legal definition) it can be said that a social care need is one that is focused on providing assistance with activities of daily living, maintaining independence, social interaction, enabling the individual to play a fuller part in society, protecting them in vulnerable situations, helping them to manage complex relationships and (in some circumstances) accessing a care home or other supported accommodation.

Getting the Checklist Completed

The Care Act 2014 places the onus on Social Workers to complete a Checklist if they form the view that an individual possibly has a Health Need.

Alternatively access to the potential funding can be pursued by requesting a District Nurse to begin the process – If the District Nurse is not already overseeing a degree of care, access to the District Nurse can be sought through the GP. If you or your loved one is a patient in hospital, then the hospital can also request an assessment.

In a hospital setting the assessment is done by Ward Nurses or a Discharge Planning Nurse. Relatives should be involved in the process and if the patient has capacity they need to consent to the assessment. If the patient lacks capacity to make their own decisions, then the assessment needs to be done in their best interests.

However the process is initiated, the Checklist is done by assessment of the patient in person and not only requires consideration of the patient in isolation, but it should rightly involve families or loved ones in the process – if it does not then the assessment falls outside the National Framework and is amenable to appeal on this basis alone.

The outcome of this assessment is reached by the Assessor and sent to the Clinical Commissioning Group who send the Applicant or their representative a letter with the decision. The decision itself does not give access to funding at this point but sees the application proceed to the next step. If the outcome of the checklist assessment is indeed to proceed, it is what is known as a ‘Positive Checklist’.

If the decision is not to proceed to the next stage, it is known as a ‘Negative Checklist’.

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Thank you so much Shelley and Nikki, you helped us so much and gave us so much help and information, when our mum was so poorly, with our appeal against the NHS Continuing Health Care Service. We can’t thank you enough, for your dedication and helpfulness, you have been so kind to us when we was so desperate and didn’t know where to turn.

We really would recommend your services 100%!!!

L. Sales

Adam and Nikki were both expert and clear in their advice and support. I started as a concerned son with no idea what I was going to do. I now have a plan to move ahead so I can support my mum. I am so grateful for the support I received today.

A. Clarke

Attended the CHC course on Wednesday 29th May. The course was very useful and imformative. All the staff were very friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Lots of info given and brochures given to take home and read. Thank you for advertising the course on your facebook page as its unlikely we would have known about it any other way.

L. Johnson

We can’t recommend Adam Cresswell highly enough for representing us today at our CHC local resolution panel appeal. He was absolutely awesome! We got the right and fair result for our Dad and are so grateful to both Adam and Nicky for their help. Thanks also to Shelley for her understanding and help during what had been a very emotionally distressing time for both myself and my sister.

T. Shepherd

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See 5 Tips you NEED to know before applying for NHS Care Fee funding in our free guide or alternatively download our free NHS Care Fees brochure for further information.

Getting the right care in place for an elderly parent or other family members can be a difficult and upsetting time.

Once you have found the right care, you need to fund the right care.

Those who qualify for NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding get 100% of their care funded by the NHS.

Applying for funding is not a simple process and Nationally only 18% of applications are approved – The process is governed by a legal framework and the assessments involve a full review of all available medical evidence.

At Seatons we are unique in employing not only lawyers – but experienced medics who have years of experience in the NHS assessment process.

Our fees are transparent and for the equivalent cost of a week of care we can help ensure your application has the best chance of success or help you appeal any decision you disagree with.