Some children and young people (up to age 18), may have very complex health needs.

These may be the result of:

  • congenital conditions
  • long-term or life-limiting conditions
  • disability
  • serious illness or injury

Children with such complex needs may need additional health support to that which is routinely available from GP practices, hospitals or in the community. This additional package of care is called continuing care.

Who is eligible for continuing care?

Any child or young person up to their 18th birthday who has a complex health need may be eligible.

How can I access continuing care?

A referral can be made by any health professional or carer who feels a continuing care package may be needed.

More information can be found on the Mid and South Essex Integrated Care System website.

Continuing care - related information

NHS Continuing Healthcare