Team is praised by service users

Billy Potts and a care worker.
Billy Potts and a care worker.

A SERVICE that helps vulnerable people live independently at home has been praised by one of its users.

NHS continuing healthcare (CHC) is a package of continuing care arranged and funded solely by the NHS which is also sometimes known as fully funded NHS care.

Patients who have undergone the initial assessment and are eligible for CHC may be able to have care provided in any setting, for example in their own home or in a care home.

After a person’s needs are assessed, an overall plan for their care is then drawn up and agreed.

A fall from a horse as a child resulted in a brain injury that left Billy Potts, from Blyth, debilitated.

Billy, pictured, then suffered a stroke which left him with disabilities and type 1 diabetes, and the 65-year-old is now under the care of CHC.

“I am very independent and go out into the community nearly every day,” he said.

“I would be in a care home still and believe that I would be in a lot worse condition than I am now without this service.

“I am so happy now to be in my own home that I know I will live a much longer more productive life.

“I love my life now.”

CHC case manager at NHS North of Tyne Liz McKenna said: “The team assesses patients who have primary health care needs and this can include a range of conditions such as MS, head injuries, neurological conditions and those with disabilities who have very complex health care needs.

“The patients we work with have very complicated and complex health issues; we meet with them and work very closely with the nurse assessment and coordinators teams across Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland.”

The case management team can also work with clients who are reaching end of life by working with Macmillan and Marie Curie nurses.

For more information on the continuing health care team please contact case manager Liz McKenna on (0191) 219 6952 or liz.mckenna@nhs.net