Deadline for NHS continuing healthcare assessments
Tuesday 5th February, 2013
NHS Sussex is advising people of the cut-off date for any new assessment of eligibility for NHS continuing healthcare.
Continuing healthcare is care provided over an extended period of time to meet physical or mental health needs that have arisen as a result of disability, accident or illness.
Individuals who believe they were entitled to NHS continuing healthcare between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2012 can apply for an assessment to see if they are eligible.
Those who think they were eligible must apply to their local primary care trust before 31 March 2013.
The deadline for the time period from 1 April 2004 – 31 March 2011 was 30 September 2012 and is now closed.
The announcement of these deadlines introduces a process which will enable any individuals who should have been assessed from 1 April 2004 onwards to be identified and considered for eligibility as soon as possible, because as time passes, detailed recorded evidence of an individual’s needs for the period of time in question may no longer be available.
NHS continuing healthcare funding is only provided where an individual has a primary health need and requires long term healthcare, as opposed to purely social or residential care.
If you think that this affects you or a family member, then please contact your local continuing healthcare team to obtain further information on the process and to discuss this further.
- Brighton and Hove: 01273 574814.
- East Sussex: 01323 466120
- West Sussex: 01903 708609