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NHS England has issued new guidance to CCGs regarding hospital discharge and Continuing Healthcare assessments.

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Watch out for more pressure on families to get relatives out of hospital!

If you have a relative in hospital and they need ongoing care, you may soon come under even greater pressure to get them out before the proper NHS Continuing Healthcare assessments in hospital have taken place.

NHS England has issued new guidance to CCGs regarding hospital discharge and NHS Continuing Healthcare assessments. It possible that CCGs may now do whatever they can to avoid assessing people while they’re still in hospital.

The new guidance comes in the form of a letter sent by NHS England to CCGs.
It’s dated 17th August 2017.
READ THE LETTER HERE

Interestingly, here’s what the letter says about NHS Continuing Healthcare assessments in hospital

“CCGs must ensure that less than 15% of all full NHS CHC assessments take place in an acute hospital setting;”

and…

“These CCGs are required to submit a plan for improving this to less than 15% by March 2018…”

As you’ll see in Appendix B in the letter, there are 84 CCGs which currently report it takes them longer than 28 days on eligibility decisions.

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