NHS continuing healthcare - adults

NHS continuing healthcare

Some people aged 18 and over with long-term complex physical or mental health needs qualify for care arranged and funded solely by the NHS. This is known as NHS continuing healthcare. 

Whether or not you are eligible for NHS continuing healthcare depends on your assessed medical needs and whether you need substantial ongoing healthcare. It is not based on any particular diagnosis or condition. If your needs change, your eligibility for NHS continuing healthcare may also change. 

NHS continuing healthcare can be provided in a variety of settings outside hospital, such as in your own home or in a care home. 

As this is a health funded service the money you receive for continuing healthcare does not depend on your savings or income.