What Is a CHC Nurse Assessor?


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  • What does a CHC Nurse Assessor do?
  • What are the responsibilities of a CHC Nurse Assessor?
  • What qualifications does a CHC Nurse Assessor need?
  • What is the average salary of a CHC Nurse Assessor?
  • Who employs a CHC Nurse Assessor?
  • What are the progression opportunities for a CHC Nurse Assessor?
  • What makes a good CHC Nurse Assessor?
  • Where are the latest CHC Nurse Assessor jobs and how to apply for them?
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What Does a CHC Nurse Assessor Do?

As a trained healthcare professional, the role of a CHC (Continuing Healthcare) Nurse Assessor involves conducting comprehensive individual assessments of patients to assess their eligibility for NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC).

NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) is a package of care provided by the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK, which is free of charge to people with complex and ongoing healthcare needs, and covers the cost of healthcare services, equipment, and support needed to manage their health conditions.

What Are the Responsibilities of a CHC Nurse Assessor?

CHC Nurse Assessors are responsible for collaborating with other healthcare professionals such as Registered General Nurses, individuals, and their families to gather necessary information for a comprehensive assessment of a patient's physical, mental, and emotional needs, as well as any social and environmental factors that may impact their care. 

The main responsibilities of a CHC Nurse Assessor include:

  • Conducting individual assessments of patients.
  • Providing high-quality support to patients.
  • Providing clinical advice in relation to NHS continuing healthcare.
  • Determining the level of funding required.
  • Collaborating with other healthcare professionals, individuals, and their families.
  • Attending training and development opportunities when requested.
  • Maintaining data protection and confidentiality requirements in line with legal and ethical guidelines.
  • Staying up to date with changes to national frameworks and ensuring compliance.
  • Identifying and reporting any safeguarding concerns to the appropriate authorities.
  • Developing care plans and goals.
  • Building and maintaining relationships.

Determine Funding

A CHC Nurse Assessor has to prepare documentation to help determine the level of funding required for continuing health care and funded nursing care.

Build relationships and Care Plans

CHC Nurse Assessors must build and maintain relationships with individuals and families to enhance cooperation through the assessment process and develop care plans and goals that meet their needs and preferences.

Stay Up To Date

A CHC Nurse Assessor is also expected to keep up to date with changes to the National Framework for CHC and NHS-funded Nursing Care and ensure compliance at all times.

Frequently Asked Questions

To work as a CHC Nurse Assessor, you will typically need to be a registered nurse with a valid nursing qualification (such as a bachelor’s degree in nursing) and have experience working in a healthcare setting.

Additional qualifications may include specific training in CHC assessment and eligibility criteria, such as completion of the ‘National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing Care’ e-learning program, or other relevant courses.

Experience with assessments of an individual's health and social care needs will also be beneficial.

The average salary of a CHC Nurse Assessor in the UK is around £30,000 to £45,000 per year but this can vary depending on several factors such as the location, level of experience, and the specific employer.

A CHC Nurse Assessor is typically employed by NHS trusts, Local Authorities, or private healthcare providers, and are an important part of ensuring that individuals with complex healthcare needs receive the appropriate care and support.

In some cases, CHC Nurse Assessors may be employed directly by NHS trusts or in other cases they may work for independent assessment companies who provide CHC assessment services on behalf of the NHS.

What Makes a Good CHC Nurse Assessor?

Key skills of a CHC Nurse Assessor include:

  • Customer service skills.
  • Organisational and time management skills.
  • Excellent assessment and evaluation skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of clinical procedures and best practices in healthcare.
  • Excellent communications skills both verbal and written.
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • Empathy and sympathy. 
  • Being highly motivated.
  • Ability to work collaboratively.

Organisational and Time-Management Skills

A successful CHC Nurse Assessor must possess strong organisational and time-management skills in order to work to deadlines and targets. 

Communication and Assessment Skills

Excellent communication and customer service skills, both written and verbal, are essential to the role of a CHC Nurse Assessor, as is the ability to work collaboratively with healthcare professionals and community organisations. 

CHC Nurse Assessors must possess assessment and evaluation skills as well as a knowledge of clinical procedures and best practices in the healthcare sector. 

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