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NHS Kernow’s website closed on 30 June 2022. Visit the NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Integrated Care Board website for information about our health and care services.


Eligibility does not depend on a particular disease, condition, or diagnosis. Nor does it depend on where the care is provided, or by whom. If an assessment determines that you have a primary health need, you may be eligible.
You need to be aged 18 or older, and be assessed as having a certain level of care need to be entitled to NHS continuing healthcare. Assessments for eligibility will be made in accordance with the national framework for NHS continuing healthcare and NHS-funded nursing care.

Children and young people aged under 18 with complex health needs may be eligible for NHS continuing care funding. Read information on children’s continuing healthcare.

What happens if I don’t meet the criteria?

Funded nursing care

For people in a nursing home who do not meet the funding criteria, they may be eligible for NHS funded nursing care. This is because the nursing fee includes an additional cost for the employment of registered nurses. The decision on whether you are eligible will be provided at the same time that a decision is made regarding your eligibility for NHS continuing healthcare.

Other health and social care services

If you have a medical need, you will continue to get health support through your GP or the community health team. If you have social needs, you can apply for help from Cornwall Council or the Council of the Isles of Scilly. The Cornwall Care services directory can direct you to services that could help you more.


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