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NHS continuing healthcare at home: have your say

People living in mid Essex are being encouraged to have their say on how NHS continuing healthcare is provided at home in the future.

Enable East, an independent NHS not-for-profit organisation, has today, Monday 11th May 2015,launched a consultation on behalf of NHS Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (MECCG).

The consultation, running until Sunday 5th July 2015, is inviting people to share their experiences of NHS continuing healthcare and give feedback on three proposals to change local policy.

The three options for people in mid Essex to consider are:

Option One – make no change to local policy for NHS continuing healthcare

Option Two – change local policy. New patients eligible to receive NHS continuing healthcare at home are allocated the same resources as to what it would cost to receive the same care in a residential or nursing home

Option three – change local policy. New patients eligible to receive NHS continuing healthcare are allocated resources up to 10 per cent more than what it would cost to receive the same care in a residential or nursing home.

Established nationally in 2007, NHS continuing healthcare refers to a package of care given to adults who need complex care as a result of disability, accident or illness.

It can be provided in any setting including a care home, residential/nursing or the person’s own home.

In 2013/14, Mid Essex CCG spent £15 million of its £400 million budget on NHS continuing healthcare. This rose to £23 million in 2014/15 and demand continues to increase.

MECCG Director of Nursing and Quality, Carol Anderson, said: “It’s become very clear to the CCG that the costs of continuing healthcare in mid Essex are rising quickly.

“We want to take action now before it becomes unsustainable and we’re faced with more difficult choices in a few year’s time.

We have given members of the public three options, and are asking for their views and opinions on how we can reshape the way we provide continuing healthcare in mid Essex so we can make sure those in our community who need it most can be cared for safely.

We also want to make sure that the CCG can go on providing healthcare for everyone in a financially sustainable way.

It’s important to remember that existing patients will not be affected by this consultation and I’d add that, although many people might not think this can or will affect them, there may be a point in their lives when they need this care.

I’d urge as many people as possible to let us know their views, particularly those already receiving NHS continuing healthcare as I believe they can really help us shape this service for the future.

It’s only by gathering as many views as possible that we will be able to find a solution to this so we can provide care in a safe, reasonable and fair way for everyone who lives in the area.”

People across the districts of Braintree and Maldon and the city of Chelmsford are invited to share their views, experiences and discuss the options during drop-in sessions, via an online survey www.surveymonkey.com/r/midessexCHC or can request individual meetings.

Enable East is running public drop-in sessions on the following days and times:

Date

Venue

    Time

8th June 2015

Springfield Parish Community Centre, St Augustine’s Way, Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 6GX

6pm to 7pm

9th June 2015

Braintree Town  Hall, Fairfield Road, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3YG

11am to 12pm (noon)

10th June 2015

Combined Military Services Museum, Station Road, Maldon, Essex, CM9 4LQ

11am to 12pm (noon)

16th June 2015

Braintree Community Centre, Hollywood, 19-21 Bocking End, Braintree, Essex, CM7 9AH

6pm to 7pm

17th June 2015

Greenacre, Newport House, Sandon, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 7TL

11am to 12pm (noon)

17th June 2015

Maldon Community Centre, Sunbury Way, Maldon, Essex, CM9 6YH

6pm to 7pm

All feedback given during from the consultation will be summarised into a report by Enable East for Mid Essex CCG’s Governing Body meeting on 29th July 2015. Members will consider the report and make a decision regarding local policy for NHS continuing healthcare at this meeting.

Full information about the consultation, surveys and the open public events is available here