NHS continuing care for children

Children and young people (aged under 18) with complex health needs, may be eligible for NHS Continuing Care funding.

NHS Continuing Care funding is different from NHS Continuing Healthcare which is for eligible adults. Assessments for children and young people are made according to the Department of Health National Framework.

Children and young people (under 18 years old) with complex health needs may be eligible for NHS Continuing Care, if they meet Department of Health criteria, as outlined in the National Framework for Children and Young People's Continuing Care.

A health professional will arrange an assessment, most commonly when an infant, child or young person is discharged from hospital and needs support with their healthcare in order to live at home.

The child or young person’s needs are assessed against agreed criteria, the assessors will ask for input from the family and any health professionals who work with the child or young person, as well as from education and social care professionals. 

The Department of Health website gives information about the process for assessing, deciding and agreeing continuing care for children with complex health needs.

Contact us

For more information about NHS continuing care for children and young people with a Bristol GP, please contact:

Children's Continuing Care Team 
NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG
6th Floor
South Plaza
Marlborough Street
Bristol 
BS1 3NX

Tel: 0117 984 1656
Email: childrenscontinuingcarebristol@nhs.net

For more information about NHS continuing care for children and young people with a North Somerset GP please contact:

Tel: 01275 546702
Email: nsoccg.enquiries@nhs.net

For more information about NHS continuing care for children and young people with a South Gloucestershire GP please call 0117 9474400.

Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is currently making changes to the local contact details these will be updated when further information is available.

NHS continuing healthcare

Learn more about NHS funding for people with significant health needs who require extended care.