What is NHS continuing care?
NHS continuing care is support provided for children and young people under 18 who need a tailored package of care because of a disability, illness or accident. It is different to NHS Continuing Healthcare which is for adults with very severe or complex health needs.
NHS CHC for adults focuses mainly on health and care needs. However, continuing care for a child or young person should also consider their physical, emotional and intellectual development as they move towards adulthood.
If your child is assessed for NHS continuing care, it’s likely that a range of organisations will be involved, such as health, education and children’s services. If your child has continuing care needs, these different agencies will all contribute to your child’s care package.
If you think your child would benefit from continuing care, the best thing to do is talk to their health or social care worker. They can then make a referral to us at West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group and we can arrange an assessment.