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Continuing Healthcare

In Cheshire and Wirral the NHS Continuing Healthcare Service is hosted by NHS South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) on behalf of:

  • NHS Vale Royal CCG
  • NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG
  • NHS West Cheshire CCG
  • NHS Wirral CCG

More information - including eligibility for Continuing Healthcare, assessments, decisions and reviews - is hosted on the South Cheshire CCG website.

Contact the service

Telephone: 01244 650399


How are we doing?

Complex Care Patient Survey

Continuing Healthcare Patient Survey

What is NHS Continuing Healthcare?

NHS Continuing Healthcare is the name given to a package of care that is arranged and funded by the NHS for people outside of hospital who have ongoing healthcare needs. NHS Continuing Healthcare can be provided in a variety of settings outside hospital, such as in your own home or a care home.

Such care is provided to an individual aged 18 or over, to meet needs that have arisen as a result of disability, accident or illness and who have been found to have a ‘primary healthcare need’ as set out in the National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-Funded Nursing Care (October 2018 revised).

The service will accept referrals for individuals who have a learning disability and/or a mental health diagnosis when a NHS Continuing Healthcare Checklist tool has been applied and the individual has positively screened in for full assessment as per the National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-Funded Nursing Care (revised 2018).  

In addition referrals will be accepted for individuals under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act (1983) where it is required that the Clinical Commissioning Group and the local authority, in cooperation with voluntary agencies to, provide or arrange for the provision of aftercare to patients detained in hospital for treatment under section 3, 37, 45A, 47 or 48 of the Act who then cease to be detained. This includes patients granted leave of absence under section 17 and patients going on community treatment orders. 

Individuals will have substantial health needs which are permanent and are associated with multiple and poorly controlled health conditions and co-morbidities. Individuals are high risk, high demand service users who will require ongoing complex care case management.

This film published by NHS England gives an introduction to NHS Continuing Healthcare: