Frequently asked questions

Find answers to frequently asked questions about NHS continuing healthcare in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Frequently asked questions

Multidisciplinary teams

Is an invitation extended to Cornwall Council for a social worker to attend as a member of the multidisciplinary team?

Yes, Cornwall Council are invited to send a representative to all decision support tool (DST) assessments.

Continuing healthcare data

How many adults were assessed for eligibility for NHS continuing healthcare in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in each of the last 4 years?

  • 2017 to 2018: 1,348
  • 2018 to 2019: 868
  • 2019 to 2020: 558
  • 2020 to 2021: 300

The data provided is counting all new DST decision events recorded, so is just continuing healthcare and not Fasttrack.

Of all adults who were assessed for eligibility for NHS continuing healthcare in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, how many were found to be eligible in each of the last 4 years?

  • 2017 to 2018: 762
  • 2018 to 2019: 593
  • 2019 to 2020: 380
  • 2020 to 2021: 240

The data provided relates to DST decisions for continuing healthcare referrals that had an outcome of yes.

In total, how many adults have received NHS continuing healthcare in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in each of the last 4 years?

  • 2017 to 2018: 829
  • 2018 to 2019: 862
  • 2019 to 2020: 731
  • 2020 to 2021: 485

The data provided is the number of adults that had at least 1 day of continuing healthcare fully funded care in the calendar year.

What was the average value of an adult’s NHS continuing healthcare package in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in each of the last 4 years?

  • 2017 to 2018: £17,860
  • 2018 to 2019: £19,610
  • 2019 to 2020: £23,675
  • 2020 to 2021: £37,154

The data provided is a mean average. We take the total spend on NHS continuing healthcare fully funded packages in the year and divide by the number of packages that contribute to that spend.

What was the average value of a personal health budget in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in each of the last 4 years?

  • 2017 to 2018: £27,858
  • 2018 to 2019: £25,312
  • 2019 to 2020: £26,411
  • 2020 to 2021: £41,334

The data provided is a mean average and filtered to only show information for personal health budgets.

Continuing healthcare

Are all NHS continuing healthcare assessors employed by the CCG direct or on a contract from another employer/supplier? Or a mixture of both? If it is a mixture, please confirm the numbers of each type.

Continuing healthcare nurse assessors have employment contracts with NHS Kernow in line with Agenda for Change terms and conditions.

Does NHS Kernow use any third party software providers to manage continuing healthcare and funded nursing care processes, for example Caretrack, Broadcare, SystemOne or Health Analytics?

NHS Kernow uses Broadcare, which is a patient database and SBS Oracle for invoicing.

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