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Continuing Healthcare

NHS continuing healthcare is a free package of social care for people who have significant ongoing health needs. It is arranged and funded by the NHS.  

Some children and young people, up to their 18th birthday, may have very complex health needs. This could be as a result of: 

  • congenital conditions 
  • disability 
  • serious illness 
  • serious injury 

The needs may be so complex that they can't be met by GPs, hospitals or in the community. 

To be eligible for NHS continuing healthcare your main or primary need for care must relate to your health. Your eligibility depends on your assessed needs and not on any particular diagnosis or condition. If your needs change your eligibility for NHS continuing healthcare may change. 

Find out more about continuing healthcare