Children's and young people's continuing care

NHS continuing care is support provided for children and young people under 18 who need a tailored package of care because of their disability, an accident or illness.  It is different from NHS continuing healthcare, which can be provided to adults who have very severe or complex health needs.

The main difference is that while continuing healthcare for adults focuses mainly on health and care needs, continuing care for a child or young person should also consider their physical, emotional and intellectual development as they move towards adulthood.

This means that if your child is assessed for NHS continuing care, it is likely that a range of organisations will be involved, such as health, education and local authority children’s services. These different agencies will contribute to your child’s care package if they are found to have continuing care needs.

If you think your child should be assessed for NHS continuing care, talk to a health or social care professional who works with them.  They will make a referral to West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group if appropriate.

Information on children and young people’s continuing care

Information on children and young people’s continuing care, can be found at:

NHS Choices

Guidance for professionals

Polite notice

NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) staff will always communicate and behave in a polite, courteous and respectful manner with individuals, their families and any professionals involved with CHC services.

In return, it is expected that CHC staff will be treated in the same polite, courteous and respectful way.

Our staff will not tolerate any abusive communication or behaviour which includes swearing, shouting, threats or lack of co-operation with requests.

Please note that this relates to face to face contact, email, telephone calls or letters.

CHC and FNC Public Information Leaflet

NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing Care
Public Information Leaflet

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