Healthcare funding deadline fast approaching

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THE first deadline for people who believe they should be assessed to see if they are eligible for NHS funding is fast approaching.

New deadlines have been set by the Department of Health for NHS Continuing Healthcare, with the first being September 30.

The responsibility of assessment is moving from primary care trusts to Clinical Commissioning Groups, which are due to come into power from April next year.

But before then, the DoH wants to set clear cut-off points for historical cases.

NHS Continuing Healthcare is for individuals whose assessed primary need is for healthcare and can be provided in a range of settings including residential care homes – with or without nursing – or their own homes.

When eligibility is agreed, NHS funding provides all of the individual’s assessed needs – including accommodation, if that is part of the overall need.

Sarah Elliott, director of nursing at NHS Portsmouth, said: ‘It’s really important for people to contact their PCT as soon as possible if they believe that they, or a loved one, are eligible for funding.’