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Continuing NHS Healthcare Framework

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Continuing NHS Healthcare is a package of care provided by the NHS for those individuals with complex and primarily health-based needs.

Health boards are responsible for ensuring that the correct Continuing NHS Healthcare (CHC) is provided to individuals.

Welsh Ministers are responsible for the production of guidance and advice for Health Boards. The National Framework for Continuing NHS Healthcare provides these details. It sets out a mandatory process for the NHS, working together with local authority partners, to assess health needs, decide on eligibility for CHC and provide appropriate care for adults.

The Framework is regularly updated. Its most recent revision was introduced on 30 June 2014, following a review by Welsh Ministers and a public consultation into the previous Framework, launched in 2010. The revised Framework now provides greater robustness, clarity and assurance on areas that stakeholders identified, including assessment, eligibility and arrangements for backdated, or retrospective, claims for CHC.

A number of resources have also been developed to support the delivery of the new Framework. These include a Decision Support Tool to aid practitioners on decisions regarding an individual’s eligibility for CHC.