Who will pay for the placement?
Who will fund a placement at The Children’s Trust depends on what service it is and what the child’s needs are. We have an experienced Placements team who liaise with a variety of different funding bodies, from NHS England and local authorities and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), to private funders including international embassies and health insurance companies to pursue funding for each placement. This means that the family and professionals involved in the child’s care can stay focused on the child’s needs.
Whichever authority pays for the cost of the treatment, you can rest assured that this will all happen behind the scenes between the funder and The Children’s Trust, meaning that you can concentrate on being a parent or member of a clinical team and focus on the child and their needs.
Funding - residential rehabilitation
Where applicable, neurorehabilitation placements are funded in England by NHS England, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), and by the respective health authorities for children from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. We are also able to accept private placements and work collaboratively with insurers, lawyers, case managers, and international embassies, offering flexibility that meets the needs of the child, their family and the funder.
The Children’s Trust is the only paediatric rehabilitation provider outside of an acute hospital setting appointed by NHS England to deliver specialist neurorehabilitation to children in England who meet National Specialised Commissioning eligibility criteria for category A rehabilitation (which is the criteria the children with the most severe brain injuries are categorised as).
If a child meets this criteria, funding is automatically available should a place be offered (subject to assessment and availability). You can read more about National Specialist Commissioning criteria here. Children whose needs do not meet this criteria can still benefit from specialist rehabilitation at The Children’s Trust and these placements are typically funded by local health authorities through their clinical commissioning group (CCG) and/or social care. Placements for children from Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland are funded via their respective health bodies, across all categories of severity.
We will assess any child referred for rehabilitation within 10 working days, during which their needs are reviewed in line with the criteria for specialist rehabilitation. Planning for a child’s return home begins before they even arrive with us and we work with our community counterparts to ensure the transition home is as smooth as possible. We are obliged by NHS England to inform clinical commissioning groups and community teams when a child is offered a funded rehabilitation programme with us which helps to support a comprehensive discharge plan.
Funding – step-down placements, short breaks and specialist health placements
Funding for step-down, residential short breaks and specialist health placements for children with complex health needs or who are technology dependent is often secure via the child’s local CCG and/or social care.
Education and residential care placements
These placements are often funded in a variety of ways, including via the child’s local authority, their local CCG, via social care, or a combination where commissioners agree to jointly fund.