NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group is currently in the process of reviewing its continuing healthcare policy and is seeking the views of carers around the town to ensure it is fit for purpose.
Continuing health Care (CHC) refers to care provided over an extended period of time to a person aged 18 or over, to meet physical and/or mental health needs which have arisen as a result of disability, accident or illness. The care is arranged and funded by the NHS and so the commissioning group who buys the care is updating its policy on what can and cannot be paid for.
The policy describes the way in which Continuing Health Care will provide care for people who have been assessed as eligible for fully funded NHS Continuing Healthcare. The policy has been reviewed in light of revised National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS Funded Nursing Care in October 2018.
The revision of the policy does not change it a great deal from the current policy with the only change being around an emphasis on greater family or appointed representative involvement in decision making and listening to their views. The key new inclusions in the policy changes are:
- By way of guidance, the CCG will generally not fund a home care package where its costs are more than 25% higher than care in an alternative appropriate location such as a care home. However, in exceptional circumstances the CCG will pay a higher cost for a preferred package
- The UN Convention of the Rights of Person with Disabilities reaffirms that all persons with all types of disabilities must enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms.
- The CCG is not responsible for any alterations required to a property to enable a home care package to be provided. For the avoidance of doubt, where an individual or their representatives has made alterations to the home but the CCG has declined to fund the package, the CCG will not provide any compensation for those alterations
- In the situation that staff become victims of discrimination (indirect or direct) there is no specific statement that harassment of care workers will not be accepted in line with NHS Zero Tolerance. Source: http://www.nhsemployers.org/~/media/Employers/Publications/Violence%20against%20staff.pdf
You can view the draft policy here:Equity Choice and Value for Money DRAFT (pdf | 0.9 MB)
The current policy can be found here: Equity, Choice and Value for Money PDF
Please note this will only affect people living within Blackpool; there is currently a separate policy for people in Fylde and Wyre.