Has anyone appealed a decision regarding NHS Continuing Healthcare funding?
They decided at the DST not to award so I went to the Local Panel for review and it’s been declined again. Next step is to go for an independent review. Has anyone done this and got any advice for me? Thank you.
YES! - I had the letter confirming that my OH did qualify just the other day. He died in Feb. 2020, but covid had delayed the hearing.
It was done on zoom, and the people involved were all independent - from neighbouring authorities - and none had been involved in the original decisions.
Success was due to: - meticulous presentation of the facts - basing the appeal very specifically on on the criteria - mustering evidence
It involved me in a massive amount of work. Luckily I used to be a hospital social worker and knew the system, so I was able to be very clear about how he fulfilled the ctriteria.
I ran my appeal document past Beacon (who provide a free limited time for phone advice) and they endorsed it.
The panel were very fair - they asked sensible questions, and I answered honestly and clearly. They related their questions to the document I had submitted, and they took on board what I was saying - I had been very clear about which domains I felt had been underestimated - and they agreed with me.
dragonfly46 - I think that was my thread you are referring to.
If I can share any advice on all this then do not hesitate to pm me.