The NHS National Framework sets out further guidelines for the assessment of NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding using the Fast Track Tool.
This shortcut process is used to assess eligibility for NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding where your relative has a rapidly deteriorating condition (or inevitably expected to deteriorate rapidly in the future), which may mean that they are entering a terminal phase, or else who need access to NHS Continuing Healthcare quickly, with minimum delay. If successful, funding for your relative’s care needs should be put in place within 48 hours of assessment.
Get the care/nursing home or GP to approach your Clinical Commissioning Group to arrange an immediate Fast Track Pathway assessment of your relative’s eligibility for NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding.
The Fast Track Pathway Tool will be completed by an ‘appropriate clinician’ ie someone responsible or knowledgeable about your relative’s health needs, diagnosis, treatment or care (eg a registered nurse or registered medical practitioner, and is usually a Consultant, Registrar) to determine whether your relative has a ‘Primary Health Need’.
If your relative requires a Fast Track Tool assessment it is highly likely that they will have a ‘Primary Health Need’ and should qualify for NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding, although this will not always be the case. In any event, the same principles apply to a Fast Track assessment as to the normal Checklist and Full Assessment, in terms of your relative’s rights.
How to ensure you are properly assessed
You can of course deal with the NHS yourself to ensure that a proper assessment of your relative’s entitlement to NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding is undertaken.
We have produced our Care Funding Guide to help you understand how the process works which you can download for FREE.
However, our clients often tell us that this is a difficult, stressful and emotionally draining process, which is why we have developed our comprehensive set of Care Funding Services to provide you with legal and clinical expertise to support you through the assessment process.