Friday, 24 November
WE MUST REMEMBER TO PUT PEOPLE AT THE CENTRE OF CONTINUING HEALTHCARE DECISIONS – HERE’S HOW TO MAKE SURE THAT HAPPENS
By Colin Morrison, Senior Consultant at Inner Circle Consulting
At the interface between social care and health services are a cohort of people with complex needs who are often on the end of difficult decisions about who should be case managing and funding their care packages. These decisions can have a huge impact on individuals, their quality of life and how their needs are met, managed and funded, and for local councils in terms of their legal, financial and professional accountabilities.
At the core of this is the NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) National Framework, which sets out the process for deciding eligibility. But the application of the CHC process can vary widely, particularly now, as it is buffeted by a range of pressures. These include; rising demand, owing to an ageing population and long-term health conditions; budget constraints; rising care costs associated with home care, nursing care and specialised treatment; complex assessment and eligibility processes; regional differences and disparities in access to care; and increased public pressure as patients and their families better understand how to advocate for themselves. In addition to this, and as highlighted by the recent Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) survey, 70% of Directors reported that their staff are undertaking tasks previously undertaken by NHS staff.
Read the full article here.