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Some children and young people, have very complex health needs. These may be the result of congenital conditions, long-term or life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, disability, or the after-effects of serious illness or injury.

These health needs could result in universal or specialist services like the GP, hospital services or community services commissioned by the NHS, cannot solely meet the needs of the child or young person, which may mean they are entitled to children’s continuing healthcare.

An overview of the process for Children’s Continuing Care is as follows:

Referrals to Children’s Continuing Care are known as ‘Checklists’ and these act as a screening tool to assess from the outset whether a child is likely to need a full assessment. A Checklist can be completed by any professional working with a child or young person and their family, eg. social worker, community nurse, GP or hospital discharge planning nurse. Consent for Children’s Continuing Care is obtained by the referrer when discussing the referral with the child or young person (if appropriate) and their family.

Once the Checklist has been submitted to the Children’s Continuing Care Team this will be reviewed and a decision will be made as to whether an assessment is needed to establish eligibility or whether it is evident the child or young person will not be entitled to continuing care.

For children and young people that go onto assessment the Children’s Continuing Care Nurse will then go out to visit the family and carry out the assessment. Once assessment is completed this will be reviewed and a decision will be made as to whether the young person meets eligibility for Children’s Continuing Care.

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Page updated: 05/05/2021 Page updated by: GCC

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