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NHS continuing care for children and young people

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, and a package of care is decided upon.

The assessors will ask for input from your family and any health professionals who work with your child, as well as from education and social care professionals.

If your child is eligible for NHS funding they may be offered a Personal Health Budget. For more information see:

Personal Health Budgets

If you would like to know more about Children's Continuing Care and how to access the service please read the leaflets below:


Cover for Children's Continuing Care Leaflet

Children's Continuing Care Leaflet

A leaflet providing information about Children's Continuing Healthcare and the processes involved.

Cover for Appealing an NHS Children's Continuing Healthcare Decision

Appealing an NHS Children's Continuing Healthcare Decision

Information for parents and carers on how to appeal a Children's Continuing Healthcare decision.

Contact us

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

Children's Continuing Care Team
6th Floor
South Plaza
Marlborough Street

Tel: 0117 984 1656


See also:

What is NHS continuing healthcare?

Transitioning to adult health services