NHS continuing care is care and support provided for children and young people under 18 who need a tailored package of care because of their disability, an accident or illness.
(It is different from the NHS continuing healthcare – ‘CHC’ – sometimes provided to adults who have very complex health needs).
Continuing care for a child or young person must take into consideration their healthcare needs but also their physical, emotional and intellectual development, including their education.
The CCG leads the process by which children in North Kirklees are assessed for eligibility for NHS continuing care, and manages the provision of the care packages.
Much more information on continuing care for children is available on the NHS website. This sets out the process for putting the care in place – the assessment phase, decision-making phrase, and arrangement of provision phase. Parents/guardians can now apply to receive continuing care for children in the form of a Personal Health Budget (PHB).