NHS-funded nursing care
NHS-funded nursing care is when the NHS pays for the nursing care component of nursing home fees. The NHS pays a flat rate directly to the care home towards the cost of this nursing care.
Your client may be eligible for funded nursing care if:
- they’re not eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare but they’ve been assessed as needing care from a registered nurse
- they live in a nursing home.
Before finding out if your client qualifies for funded nursing care, they should go through the assessment process for NHS Continuing Healthcare. Normally they don't need a separate assessment.
If your client is eligible for funded nursing care, the NHS will arrange and fund it. The care will be provided by registered nurses employed by the care home.
NHS-funded nursing care is paid at the same rate across England. In April 2018, the rate was set at £158.16 a week (standard rate).
NHS-funded nursing care payments doesn’t affect entitlement to other benefits. However, in Scotland if your client receives a personal care allowance, they won’t be entitled to Attendance Allowance or the care component of Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment after the first 4 weeks.
NHS Continuing Healthcare
Being assessed for NHS Continuing Healthcare.
Challenging NHS Continuing Healthcare decision
If your client has been declined NHS Continuing Healthcare they can challenge the decision.
Local authority funding
Finding out whether your clients qualify for local authority funding is a two-stage process.