NHS Continuing Healthcare Training

Understand best practice for managing care for people with complex long-term needs on this highly acclaimed two-day course.

Ideal for anyone interested in NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC), from all areas of service provision, including clinical and non-clinical backgrounds and those with local authority or commissioning expertise.

The course is interactive and the content and delivery for 2019 reflects the NHS CHC Competency Framework (Core Modules at Level 1 and 2) and prepares participants for CHS Healthcare supplementary workshops.

The course provides delegates with the following:

  • An overview of NHS CHC:
    • Thorough understanding of how care is funded and relevant case law
    • The practical implications of the framework: who qualifies; the screening and assessment process using the national tools
    • Best practice decision-making, including what constitutes a ‘primary health need’ and a ‘well-managed need’
  • Skills based workshops in the application of the national tools
  • Best practice for managing complex needs and challenges, and for mental health needs, including consent, capacity, the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLs) and a brief introduction to the new Liberty Protection Safeguards (2019/20)
  • The Fast Track system, process and tools to help you manage care
  • Understanding of the interface between the Mental Health Act and NHS CHC, including shared care protocols and S117 Aftercare


Attendees will receive a certificate providing 15 hours towards professional revalidation and their CPD portfolio.

Course overview

Day 1 (knowledge and collaboration)


The socio-political history and development of CHC in England. This will include relevant case law, legislative changes, and socio-demographic influences, demonstrating how each have shaped the service of today.


A full screening exercise, and the identification of best practice from across England.

Day 2 (integrity and personalisation)

A case management workshop, with presentations and discussions. Participants will complete a practical exercise utilising knowledge from day 1. The module ends with an interactive plenary session and a self-reflective pledge which will influence the participant’s future practice.

Introducing your trainer

Art Calder is recognised as one of the UK’s leading specialists in Continuing Healthcare. A teacher by profession, Art has also been a registered mental health nurse for nearly 30 years. As nurse lead of older persons mental health services in South Manchester, Art worked alongside Professor Alistair Burns in the original anti dementia drug trials before acting as clinical lead to a care home consortium introducing dementia care mapping to the care environments. From 2001, he has led CHC operations at a local and regional level, advised adult social care services, and is now head of clinical services for CHS Healthcare – the largest provider of CHC services in England. He is passionate about education and training and continues with his clinical practice.

Course cost and location

The course costs £357 per person, and is held in the following locations:

  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Sutton Coldfield
  • Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, London
  • Swindon CCG


We offer the course free to NHS and social care staff from organisations where CHS Healthcare provides contracted CHC services.

The course can be delivered on a bespoke basis to a specific area.

If you are interested in attending the next course, please contact Sarah West at CHS Healthcare on 0121 362 8843 or

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