Continuity of care
Definition or reference in primary legislation
Care Act 2014, S.38
(1) If, on the day of the intended move as mentioned in section 37(1)(b), (2)(b) or (3)(b), the second authority has yet to carry out the assessment or assessments under section 37(6), or has done so but has yet to take the other steps required under this Part in the adult's case, it must--
(a) meet the adult's needs for care and support, and the needs for support of any carer who is continuing as the adult's carer, which the first authority has been meeting, and
(b) where the first authority has been keeping a care account in the adult's case, itself keep that account on the same basis as the first authority has been keeping it.
(2) The second authority is subject to the duty under subsection (1) until it has--
(a) carried out the assessment or assessments under section 37(6), and
(b) taken the other steps required under this Part in the adult's case.
Plain English definition
Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) Jargon Buster
Ongoing care outside hospital for someone who is ill or disabled, arranged and funded by the NHS. This type of care can be provided anywhere, and can include the full cost of a place in a nursing home. It is provided when your need for day to day support is mostly due to your need for health care, rather than social care. The Government has issued guidance to the NHS on how people should be assessed for continuing health care, and who is entitled to receive it.