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NHS Continuing Healthcare Directions 2022

Directions given by NHS England requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate information systems for NHS Continuing Healthcare Directions data collection. 

This Direction and associated documents make reference to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

In accordance with the Health and Care Act 2022 and the Health and Care Act 2022 (Commencement No. 2 and Transitional and Saving Provision) Regulations 2022, as of 1 July 2022, CCGs are abolished and their statutory obligations will be managed by Integrated Care Boards.

These obligations include all continuing requirements, including those to submit data to NHS Digital as set out in this Direction and associated documents.


The purpose of these Directions is to allow monitoring of patients going through local appeals processes to ensure these are resolved quickly and to highlight Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) where high numbers of eligibility decisions are being overturned on appeal. The data set will allow linkage at patient-level to other data sets, so increased/reduced hospital admissions, medication and other important attributes are visible. 

Learn more about these Directions

Last edited: 5 July 2022 2:54 pm