24 Mar 2021

Continuing Healthcare Review

Continuing Healthcare refers to the element of care that is funded if NHS care is needed.

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) aim to improve the system and have recently identified various failings which are putting anxiety and financial strain on individuals unnecessarily.

The failings in care and support planning and failings in reviews of previously unassessed periods of care, mean people are unclear of the financial assistance available to them or understanding how to challenge the outcomes. And are subject to unnecessary financial worry, and in some cases are not using the care available to them as they cannot afford it when it should be funded for them.

As a result of this latest review, the PHSO has made a series of 6 recommendations which it feels are practical and achievable to make the system work better.

Due to the impact of COVID-19, the outcomes of this review are expected to take longer to implement than would usually be the case, but we all hope that this does come to fruition to help the thousands of individuals that need this vital support.