Author: Tim Davies LLB
Funding denial outrage
We comment on the West Sussex County Times continuing healthcare funding outrage article
We were shocked to read the article recently published by the West Sussex County Times highlighting the denial of NHS continuing healthcare funding to a 98-year-old patient with multiple and complicated medical needs including dementia, double incontinence, severe pressure sores, challenging behaviour (including aggression), problems eating and low cognition.
Unfortunately, we were not surprised to read about this family’s experience of applying for NHS continuing healthcare funding - our experience with many Clinical Commissioning Groups (the regional organisations responsible for awarding funding) has been similar to this families and we find many CCGs are incorrectly denying funding despite the clear medical evidence to the contrary. In cases, such as these we would always advise instructing a specialist continuing healthcare company such as Compass CHC to undertake the appeal process.
At Compass CHC, we are contacted daily by individuals from across England and Wales who require assistance with NHS continuing healthcare funding.
Our team of continuing healthcare experts, headed up by Managing Director Tim Davies LLB and comprising lawyers (non-practising) and clinicians (including nurses, tissue viability specialists and pharmacists), review and consider medical evidence from a clinical perspective before drafting reasoned arguments to the NHS which identify an individual’s entitlement to continuing healthcare funding by cross-referring the medical evidence to the National Framework for continuing healthcare criteria.
Some clients approach us when they need to appeal a continuing healthcare funding decision. We hear from individuals who have been waiting for months for the outcome of their appeal whilst continuing to pay for care fees. Often, when a family is mentally exhausted and ready to throw in the towel, using a firm of experts allows the family to regroup and pass the burden on to a team dedicated to getting the correct continuing healthcare decision.
At Compass CHC, our advocates are all (non-practising) lawyers specialising exclusively in continuing healthcare funding matters. Compass CHC does not undertake work in any other area which means we have accumulated vast experience attending assessments and appeal hearings at local and NHS England level and we are not distracted by work of other natures. Our experts are on hand now to answer your questions, call 0121 227 8940 or complete our free, confidential assessment today and an expert member of our team will contact you for a no obligation discussion to outline your options.
The key to success when taking on the NHS continuing healthcare professionals is to ensure that you have sufficient expertise in your corner to support you through the process so the correct outcome is reached.
Author: Tim Davies LLB
Do not delay, contact us today. We specialise in securing funding from day 1 and assisting families with the process from the outset. Don’t wait until a negative decision has been made and it is then necessary to have to appeal the outcome. This can take many months and all the while the patient will be having to pay the cost of their care.
Did you know?
If an individual is approaching the end of their life then a “fast track” Continuing healthcare funding assessment may be appropriate. This enables the individual to receive prompt NHS funding to meet the cost of care at the end of life stage.