Whose responsibility is it to carry out the NHS Continuing Healthcare assessment process?
NHS Continuing Healthcare was designed to provide fully funded care package for those who have continuing healthcare needs described as a ‘primary health need’. However, the system is often complex for those trying to navigate it. One common problem which our clients regularly face is the lack of responsibility or understanding within the system about who should be conducting the checklist stage or guiding the initial application.
People often find they are passed from pillar to post between the care home, specific health professionals and/or GPs which can leave people paying for care in the meantime and getting increasingly frustrated at a system that just isn’t working for them.
You have a right to be assessed for NHS Continuing Healthcare
Everyone has the right to be assessed for NHS Continuing Healthcare if they think they might have a primary health need. However, there is no rule that is set in stone to say who must begin the ‘Checklist stage’ and ensure the application is effectively started. In hospital settings or care home settings usually the staff in those facilities such as a nurse assessor will be the ones to carry this out. That is because it is more appropriate, efficient and quicker as they are the ones responsible for the individual and are closest to them. Referring out to another third party may take greater time. However, for those who are still being cared for at home, often GPs are relied upon. Yet, in almost every situation, I have met clients who have said that different bodies/people have repeatedly denied that it is their responsibility.
How to fix the problem
There may not be a set rule in place for who is responsible for overseeing or starting the NHS Continuing Healthcare funding application process, but all of those authorities relating to care have a responsibility to help individuals. Nobody should miss out on funding they may be eligible for simply because the process has not been initiated.
More training, understanding and awareness about NHS Continuing Healthcare funding is required. Many people simply don’t know that the funding exists or believe the process is too complicated or they may not know how best to support the individual requesting the checklist stage.
How Just Caring Legal can help
Just Caring Legal specialises in NHS Continuing Healthcare. Legal representation can help speed up the process of applying for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding and maximise your chances of being found eligible. Rosalind’s expert medio-legal knowledge means that she can be a strong advocate on your behalf.
To find out more about NHS Continuing Healthcare funding or to have your free initial consultation, contact Just Caring Legal today. Call us now on 0191 556 1078 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org