NHS Continuing Healthcare


The Department of Health defines "Continuing Care" as care provided over an extended period of time, to a person aged 18 or over, to meet physical or mental health needs that have arisen as a result of disability, accident or illness. "NHS Continuing Healthcare" means a package of continuing care that is arranged and funded solely by the NHS. Eligibility for NHS Continuing Healthcare places no limits on the settings in which the package of support can be offered or on the type of service delivery.

NHS Continuing Healthcare is care arranged and funded by the NHS for people with complex and on-going healthcare needs. Care can be delivered in your own home, care homes, or non-acute hospitals. NHS Continuing Healthcare is free, unlike social services for which a financial charge may be made depending on your income and savings.

NHS Continuing Healthcare for adults is governed by the National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing Care. National Framework for Continuing Healthcare and Nursing Care - Adults

The Department of Health has produced a patient information leaflet which is on the Department of Health website NHS CHC Public Information Leaflet.

You can find more information on the NHS Choices website NHS Choices Continuing Healthcare.

For more information about NHS Continuing Healthcare for adults in Lambeth, please contact the CCG Continuing Healthcare team on lamccg.chc@nhs.net or contact Lambeth CCG on 020 3049 4444.


NHS Continuing Healthcare packages are available when a child or young person has needs arising from disability, accident or illness that cannot be met by existing universal or specialist services alone. Continuing care does not cover children and young people with care needs that may be met appropriately through existing universal or specialist health services.

The service for children and young people is governed by the National Framework for Continuing Care. National Framework for Continuing Care England - Children and Young People

For more information on NHS Continuing Healthcare assessments for children in Lambeth, please contact:

Joanna BustardLead Nurse for Continuing Care


Telephone: 02030496026 

The Lead Nurse will make a recommendation to the CCG about your eligibility for NHS continuing healthcare and a package of care will be agreed with the patient and family, the Lead Nurse and the commissioner.

How will my eligibility for NHS Continuing Care be assessed?

In Lambeth, your health professional or GP can make a continuing care referral to the Lead Nurse for Continuing Care for an assessment.

Personal Health Budgets

People eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare are now able to request Personal Health Budgets. For more information, please see the Personal Health Budget page.

National Continuing Healthcare information and advice service

Beacon is working in partnership with NHS England to pilot a new specialist service for people in England who need independent advice and support in relation to NHS Continuing Healthcare. Under the pilot members of the public are able to access free and comprehensive information and advice to help them to understand the eligibility criteria and navigate the assessment and review processes. Find out more by downloading the leaflet below.