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6th November 2011

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Elderly care homes and NHS assessment may seem far removed from your university life of high-pressure, study-fuelled afternoons, and languid, well-deserved evenings off. But many have experienced the pain and worry associated with the ill health of a relative. As I'm sure you're well aware, family carers often receive little, if any, support.

However, National Pro Bono week, starting on Monday 7th November, hopes to change this, bringing to your attention the benefits of the NHS continuing healthcare package by way of talks and open-facility centres across the country. The schema, arranged and funded solely by the NHS, attends to the needs of those suffering from mental of physical deterioration, whose condition may have occurred through disability, accident or illness.

You can find out much more about events near you here



If someone you know requires increasing medical intervention, Primary Care Trust's and GPs are responsible for arranging and funding tailor-made care packages, and may be able to help. Albeit through the quantification of the threshold of care required to manage a condition, certain deteriorated characteristics may highlight a 'primary health need' that requires appropriate address. 

Idiosyncrasies in health are determined as follows:

Nature - types of needs and their overall effect on wellbeing; the type of intervention required to manage them.

Intensity - the extent and severity of needs and regularity of intervention

Complexity - Interaction of needs and the skill required to monitor and manage them

Unpredictability - Unexpected changes in a condition and the level of monitoring required to effectively anticipate them without compromising safety or degrees of risk.

These services which are amply available are not fully utilised, with many severely ill patients who are eligible being cared for by family. Whether a patient lives at home or in care, the NHS makes arrangements and funds health and personal care needs, potentially through funding covering care and accommodation. These services may include healthcare from your GP or hospital, social and community services from a local authority spanning from personal care at home (bathing/dressing/getting up/going to bed) to delivery of meals and day centre facilities.

Many healthcare-based Pro Bono services are run voluntarily by University legal students, with numerous events being hosted by Law Schools up and down the country

These include the NHS Continuing Healthcare Public Lecture at Cardiff University

If you have family or friends who may benefit from these healthcare Pro Bono services we urge you find out more information about NHS continuing healthcare and National Pro Bono Week. Many applicants don't even realise they're eligible. Come along to a talk near you and find out your rights and entitlements today. Bring relatives. All are welcome.

For more information about the Pro Bono scheme in general, which includes legal help in areas including Benefits, Employment, Human Rights, Social Welfare and Consumer Rights click here, or pick up the Help The Aged leaflet here

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