By Rosalind Hughes, founder of Just Caring Legal
In just a few short weeks, the coronavirus crisis has invaded every corner of our lives. And the reality for people requiring health and social care is no exception.
The Coronavirus Act and NHS CHC assessments
The Coronavirus Act 2020 has temporarily removed some of the duties on NHS commissoners to provide NHS CHC assessments for people who may need this type of care. It has also suspended the requirement to follow the rules as set out in the National Framework when making decisions on eligibility. The rationale is to take some of the pressure off NHS groups struggling to meet the extra demands of coronavirus. You can find out all about the changes in our special coronavirus factsheet here.
What it means is, there are likely to be fewer NHS CHC assessments for people needing new packages of care until the crisis has passed. But that doesn’t mean that NHS Continuing Healthcare assessments have stopped altogether. What if your family member’s circumstances change during the emergency period, for example? They may decline suddenly and need much more care and support than before. Or if they are self-funding in a nursing home they may simply run out of money. Virus or no virus, your family member is still entitled to have their care needs met, to be safe and to be protected from possible harm.
Just Caring Legal can help you navigate the post-coronavirus processes
If your relative has unmet needs, you are still entitled to ask for help. Here at Just Caring Legal, we can help you navigate the new post-coronavirus processes. With our years of specialist expertise, we will maximise your chances of getting the best outcome you can – even at this challenging time.
Even if you do have to wait for your NHS CHC assessment, it is important to start preparing . Why not use the seemingly endless hours of lockdown to get out in front of the notoriously demanding NHS CHC assessment process. Write down as clearly and comprehensively as you can the reasons why you believe your family member should receive NHS CHC funding. Collate as much evidence as possible. You can find some useful pointers to help you here.
And if you need more detailed and situation-specific guidance, then why not get in touch for a chat. We prepare these documents every day for people in your position. Today, we are adapting our advice to the current situation and helping clients to respond to the situation they find themselves in right now. We are open for business as usual by email or telephone.
Don’t let lockdown lethargy hold you back – start your NHS Continuing Healthcare funding assessment preparation today. Because time spent now could pay dividends – literally – right now or further down the line.