Who is eligible for NHS continuing healthcare?

To be eligible for NHS continuing healthcare you must be over 18 and have a complex medical condition and substantial and on-going care needs. You must have a "primary health need", which means that your main or primary need for care must relate to your health.

Eligibility for NHS continuing healthcare does not depend on:

  • a specific health condition, illness or diagnosis
  • who provides the care, or
  • where the care is provided.

If you have a disability or if you've been diagnosed with a long-term illness or condition, this doesn't necessarily mean that you'll be eligible for NHS continuing healthcare.

To find out whether you are eligible for NHS continuing healthcare, your care needs will be assessed.

Find out more by contacting the local NHS Continuing Healthcare team: