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Frequently Asked Questions > FAQ > What is a Continuing Care Assessment?

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The Department of Health website has a page which explains what continuing care is. There is also a Department of Health leaflet for the public downloadable here.

NHS continuing healthcare is the name given to a package of services which is arranged and funded by the NHS for people outside hospital with ongoing health needs. You can get continuing healthcare in any setting, including your own home or in a care home. NHS continuing healthcare is free, unlike help from social services for which a charge may be made depending on your income and savings. In your own home, this means that the NHS will pay for healthcare (e.g. services from a community nurse or specialist therapist) and personal care (e.g. help with bathing, dressing and laundry). In a care home, the NHS pays for your care home fees, including board and accommodation.

Anyone assessed as requiring a certain level of care need can get NHS continuing healthcare. It is not dependent on a particular disease, diagnosis or condition, nor on who provides the care or where that care is provided. If your overall care needs show that your primary need is a health one, you should qualify for continuing healthcare.

The primary health need should be assessed by looking at all of your care needs and relating them to four key indicators:


  • nature – the type of condition or treatment required and its quality and quantity
  • complexity – symptoms that interact, making them difficult to manage or control
  • intensity – one or more needs which are so severe that they require regular interventions
  • unpredictability – unexpected changes in condition that are difficult to manage and present a risk to you or to others.

Your G.P.should be able to advise you about how to ask for a continuing care assessment.


Last updated on April 9, 2012 by Devon Carers