The Protocols Established as Required by the National Framework For NHS Continuing Healthcare

John Petters made this Freedom of Information request to Essex County Council

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Dear Essex County Council,
The National Framework for Continuing Healthcare requires the NHS to establish protocols with local authorities setting out each organisation’s role in relation to delayed discharge and continuing healthcare, including responsibilities with regard to decision making on eligibility.

Continuing Healthcare is provided by the NHS free to patients who have a primary health need.

Before a person is discharged from hospital into a care home, there is a legal responsibility by the NHS to assess that person to establish if they have a primary health need and hence qualify for free health and social care.

Essex County Council has no legal right to ask a patient about their finances until such time as a Continuing healthcare assessment has been undertaken. However, it appears to be the policy of Essex County Council to accept patients discharged from NHS hospitals without such assessments being made and to proceed to charge said patient for their care if they have the means to pay. Invoices for over £30,000 have been issued to at least one patient in Essex who has not completed the assessment process.

This is contrary to the framework.

1 Please therefore supply all documents, e-mails, memos, notes however held which comprise negotiations regarding the protocols specified in the framework between the NHS and Essex County Council.

2 Please supply copies of the protocols referred to in the framework which deals with hospital discharge and continuing healthcare.

Yours faithfully,

John Petters

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