NHS Continuing Healthcare/Section 117 Team

The NHS Continuing Healthcare/Section 117 Team is an integrated health and social care team responsible for assessing whether an individual is eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding, in accordance with the principles and process set out in the revised National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS Funded Nursing care (Department of Health, 2018).

An individual may qualify for NHS Continuing Healthcare either:

  • Following a comprehensive assessment, when it is found that the nature, complexity, intensity or unpredictability of their needs (or any combination of these) indicates they have a primary health need
  • Fast Track route – when the individual has a rapidly deteriorating condition, which may be in terminal phase.

What does the team do?

The team provides training and support to professionals from multi-disciplinary teams across all care groups within community, hospital and local authority staff.

This ensures consistency of understanding of the referral, screening, assessment and review processes, and guides staff in how to use the national tools to aid decision-making.

The team carries out assessments and reviews for all individuals living in nursing homes, registered with a Portsmouth GP, including screening for NHS Continuing Healthcare and determination of registered nurse needs (Funded Nursing Care).

The team is also responsible for ensuring that all those who have met the eligibility criteria for NHS Continuing Healthcare are reviewed after three months and then annually thereafter. 

Reviews can be triggered if needs have changed. 

For those who have met the Fast Track criteria there will be a review within six weeks if appropriate and a full assessment to determine ongoing eligibility.

Who is on the team?

The NHS Continuing Care/117 Team consists of:

  • Clinical Lead
  • Team Manager
  • Nurses and social workers
  • Administrative support.

The team works closely with the Integrated Commissioning Unit which is responsible for authorising the purchase of care from an agency or private provider, once a person has been agreed as eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare.

Referral criteria and method

  • Routine referrals - can be made by health or social care professionals
  • Fast Track referral - is made by experienced healthcare professionals.

Hours of operation

  • Monday-Thursday, 8.30am-5pm
    Friday, 8.30am-4.30pm

Contact us

NHS Continuing Healthcare/Section 117 Team
Floor 5
Civic Offices
Guildhall Square

Telephone: 023 9243 7963
Safehaven fax: 023 9243 7970

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