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NHS-funded nursing care pays for the nursing or medical care that someone receives in a care home. It does not pay for accommodation costs.  It is also called Registered Nursing Care Contribution (RNCC).

NHS funded nursing care is available in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

The person you care for may be able to get NHS-funded nursing care if they are in a care home (or nursing home) and need nursing care. They will be assessed to see if they can claim NHS Continuing Healthcare first. You don’t need to make a separate claim.

NHS-funded nursing care is paid directly to the care home where the person you care for is getting nursing – it covers the cost of the nursing only. 

NHS-funded nursing care is not means tested and it doesn’t matter if the person you care for pays for their own care home or if the local council pays some or all of the care home costs.  If they pay for their own care home fees NHS-funded nursing care will only cover the amount they pay for nursing. This will mean that the overall care home costs should reduce (as they will no longer be paying the nursing costs).

The person you care for may stop getting NHS-funded nursing care if the NHS decide that they no longer need it.

For further information about NHS funded nursing care see:

Also see our pages about NHS funded intermediate care, NHS continuing healthcare, paying for respite, paying for a care home, and health and care costs.

Nursing care in Scotland

In Scotland nursing care is free to anyone who is assessed as needing it. See personal and nursing care in care homes on Care Information Scotland. There is also Hospital Based Complex Clinical Care which is only available to people in hospital.  

Next update due: June 2017