Continuing Health Care & Health Personal Budgets


Continuing Healthcare (sometimes known as CHC) is the name given to a package of care that is arranged and funded by the NHS for individuals who are not in hospital but have complex ongoing healthcare needs. A continuing care package will be required when a child or young person has needs because of a disability, accident or illness that cannot be met by existing services. A Continuing Healthcare package will usually involve a service set up specifically for the individual child or young person. This could include, for example, nursing care in the home.

Where a child or young person needs a Continuing Healthcare package of support from Health, other agencies will be involved including Social Care (if they are involved with the child or young person) and sometimes also Education. It is important that agencies work together to look at all of the child or young person’s needs and decide who will provide which part of the service needed.

Health Personal Budgets

Personal health budgets are being introduced by the NHS to help people manage their care in a way that suits them. They have been piloted in a number of places across England. Since October 2014, adults receiving NHS Continuing Healthcare and children in receipt of continuing care have had a right to request a personal health budget.

What is a personal health budget?

A personal health budget is an amount of money to support your identified health and wellbeing needs, planned and agreed between you and your local NHS team. The aim is to give people with long-term conditions and disabilities greater choice and control over the healthcare and support they receive.

Personal health budgets work in a similar way to the personal budgets that many people are already using to manage and pay for their social care.

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