Lord Adonis welcomes consultation on continuing care for children

The Department of Health has launched a consultation on the National Framework for Assessing Children’s Continuing Care for children with complex, long-term health needs.

The aim is to create a package of care for those with a disability or following an accident or illness; the consultation will run until 31 December.

Schools minister Lord Andrew Adonis said: “Use of the national framework will contribute to how PCTs and local authorities deliver their core offer to families of disabled children locally.”

The care package should allow management of care at home and other places such as schools, with support from the NHS, education and social services.

The Department of Health said the framework would assist local authorities and primary care trusts to get a complete picture of a child’s health needs, so decisions on funding care packages could be made “according to the same set of criteria across the country”.

Currently, eligibility for a continuing care package is based on local procedures.

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