Providing bespoke care nationwide for clients with spinal injuries and neurological conditions
I attended a round table event at the Law Society on 27th February 2019. This was organised by Brian 0’Shea of the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) and was focused on a discussion as to whether individuals with a complete Spinal Cord Injury above level C6 should automatically be presumed to meet the eligibility criteria for Continuing Healthcare (CHC) funding.
A range of experts were present including representatives of the Department of Health and Social Care. There was a widespread understanding that the present system failed some individuals currently. This was largely due to the process not being applied correctly.
It was recognised that it could have a detrimental impact upon those who were denied access but some members raised concerns that setting thresholds might exclude other individuals.
All parties agreed that individuals presenting with the needs in accordance with an injury of that level of need should meet the eligibility criteria. A range of advocacy groups along with the SIA are actively supporting individuals faced with that situation.
Reg Perrins – Commercial Director