March 2011 NHS Continuing Healthcare: New Guidance

The practice guidance is intended to support practitioners in the implementation of the National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and contains useful and detailed instructions on a range of issues contained within the Framework.

It expands on the key principles for best practice to be used by the PCT’s in carrying out their responsibilities including:



Ensuring consistency in the application of the Framework

Promoting awareness of continuing healthcare

Ensuring quality standards are met and sustained

Providing training and development opportunities for practitioners



It gives further guidance on how assessments should be conducted for people who may lack capacity including the requirement that all staff involved in continuing healthcare assessments are appropriately trained in Mental Capacity Act principles and responsibilities.



The guidance also provides additional information of the four characteristics of need – nature, intensity, complexity and unpredictability and helps with the distinction between a healthcare need and a social need.

Copies of the guidance are available on the Department of Health website.

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