Continuing Health Care Appeals
Nellie Supports registered, qualified Social Workers specialis in adult Social Work and have vast epxerience comepltign contiuing health care assesments, DST (decision support tool) Meetings and the appeals process.
How can we help?
Team Nellie can take you through the entire Continuing Health Care process, from ana initial free telephone consultation to completing a prospective CHC Checklist, collating information and supporting you at a DST Meeting through to managing the appeals process and ensuring your loved one receives the funding they are entitled to.
Your Questions Answered
What is Continuing Health Care (CHC)
NHS Continuing Healthcare funding is available to adults living in England who have particularly intense, complex or unpredictable care needs. Unlike local authority funding, it is not means tested. NHS Continuing Healthcare is a fully-funded package of care that some people are entitled to receive as a result of disability, accident or illness. It covers the full cost of the person’s care and residential accommodation.
Why Choose Nellie?
Nellie Supports are different to other providers; as Registered Qualified Social Workers, our team can not only support you through the entire process, they can complete their own independent assessments to feed in as evidence to DST meetings and CHC Appeals.
It depends on each individual; if you are querying whether someone could meet the thresholds for Continuing Health Care funding, then our team can complete a care assessment and checklist to ascertain the viability of a funding application. If you have been rejected, we can collate information and complete new assessments to support you in an appeal. Everyone is an individual, and every approach we take is unique.
Why a Social Worker?
Whether in a hospital setting, the community or a care home, as part of a continuing health care application is a DST Meeting (decision support tool); this meeting is attended by a Nurse assessor and a Social Worker. As such, we utilise the experiential knowledge of our Social Workers to ensure that whether it is support at a DST or with completing a Continuing Health Care Appeal, this knowledge and experience is invaluable. Additionally, as registered Social Workers, our team are able to collate not only evidence from social and health providers but also complete independent assessments themselves to use as additional evidence.
Can we complete video-link or face to face assessments?
We can visit you in your own home or any other suitable space you feel most comfortable and at a time of your choosing. In those instances where face-to-face assessments aren't viable, we offer a fully secure video-link assessment service.
Social Work England is a specialist body taking a new approach to regulating social workers in their vital roles. All of our Social Workers are registered with Social Work England for your peace of mind.
Our assessors are accredited Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) assessors with specific experience in completing capacity assessments and specialist reports.
All of our assessors have undergone extra training to become accredited financial vulnerability experts according to Lichtenberg standards, so they can provide even more detailed reports on mental capacity.
Anne's mother, Dianne, had been living in a care home for the past five years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's dementia. Anne's condition had become progressively worse over the past several years, and for the past three years, she had been aggressive towards care staff, suffered from double incontinence and had severe bouts of depression.
Anne's local authority social worker completed a continuing healthcare checklist and identified that Dianne met the criteria for a decision support tool (DST) meeting, howver this never happened. When Anne contacted the social work team to chase this up, she was advised they were waiting for an appointment date to come through.
Two years later and Dianne was still self-funding her care, and no DST had taken place.
Dianne contacted our team, who completed their own full adult social care needs assessment and a new CHC Checklist. With this evidence, contact was made with Dianne's local Integrated Care Board, and a DST date was organised along with representation from the local authority.
Dianne and Anne were represented at the DST by our Social Worker, and a successful agreement that Dianne's care would be funded was reached; however, that wasn't quite the end of the story.
Our Social Worke team was able to make an appeal on behalf of Anne and Dianne to apply for the funding to be back-dated, resulting in nearly two years of care fees being repaid to Dianne.