Children's Continuing Healthcare

A continuing care package may be required when a child or young person (up to the age of 18) has needs arising from disability, accident or illness that cannot be met by existing universal or specialist services alone.

Some children and young people (up to their 18th birthday), may have very complex health needs. These may be the result of congenital conditions, long-term or life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, disability, or the after-effects of serious illness or injury.

These needs may be so complex, that they cannot be met by the services which are routinely available from GP practices, hospitals or in the community commissioned by the NHS. If additional health support is needed this is known as Children’s Continuing Care.