Reminder: Final deadline for Continuing Healthcare Retrospective Reviews


Media release from NHS North Central London

On 15 March 2012, the Department of Health announced the introduction of deadlines for individuals to request an assessment of eligibility for NHS Continuing Healthcare (NHS CHC) funding, for previously unassessed cases during the period 1 April 2004 - 31 March 2012.

NHS CHC is care provided over an extended period of time to meet physical or mental health needs that have arisen as a result of disability, accident or illness. NHS CHC funding is only provided where an individual has a primary health need and requires long term healthcare, as opposed to social or residential care.

We are therefore asking for individuals or their representatives to notify NHS North Central London in respect of previously unassessed periods of time where there is evidence that they should have been assessed for eligibility for NHS CHC funding. The time period and the deadline for notifying NHS North Central London are as follows:

Time Period                                     Deadline

1 April 2011 - 31 March 2012           31 March 2013

The deadline for the time period from 1 April 2004 - 31 March 2011 was 30 September 2012 and is now closed.

Some cases may be accepted after the date outlined above if there are exceptional circumstances for doing so.

The announcement of these deadlines introduced a process which will enable any individuals who should have been assessed from 1 April 2004 onwards to be identified and considered for eligibility as soon as possible, because as time passes, detailed recorded evidence of an individual's needs for the period of time in question may no longer be available.

If you think that this affects you or a family member, then please contact local borough offices for further information on how to notify the PCT of a request for assessment of eligibility:

Email: continuingcare1@nhs.net / Fax: 020 3553 5705 / Tel: 020 3688 2741

Haringey Continuing Care Team, Haringey CCG, 4th floor River Park House, 225 High Road, Wood Green, N22 8HQ

Further information

For more information on NHS Continuing Care, including some frequently asked questions, please look at the downloads section on the right hand side of this page.