13 August 2018
Continuing Healthcare In Wales
In Wales, you can ask the local health board to review your eligibility for continuing health care, but only for a period of up to 12 months prior to the request. This shows the importance for families of requesting a review of eligibility for continuing healthcare promptly.
For example, if an individual went into a nursing home on 1 November 2016 and on 1 July 2018 the NHS were asked to review that individual’s eligibility for continuing healthcare, there was only a requirement to review the period from 1 July 2017 to 1 July 2018. The period from 1 November 2016 to 1 July 2017 would not be considered.
The assessment by the local health board can take up to a year to complete. It takes into account the applicant’s overall needs and the interaction of those needs. If eligibility is agreed, a care package is put in place within 8 weeks of the decision. (If eligibility is not agreed, there is a right to request a review.) The process for assessment is governed by the guidance and advice for health boards in the Welsh Ministers’ document ‘Continuing NHS Healthcare – The National Framework for Implementation in Wales’ dated June 2014.
Link to framework document: