Support Sheet 14: Using the NHS Continuing Health Care Fast Track Pathway Tool
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Support Sheet 14: Using the NHS Continuing Health Care Fast Track Pathway Tool
This support sheet provides answers to frequently asked questions about the NHS Continuing Health Care Fast Track Pathway Tool.

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    Support Sheet 14: Using the NHS Continuing Health Care Fast Track Pathway Tool Support Sheet 14: Using the NHS Continuing Health Care Fast Track Pathway Tool Document Transcript

    • Support sheet 14 Using the NHS Continuing Health Care Fast Track Pathway Tool The Fast Track Tool is a component of the NHS Continuing Health Care Framework (2009). It is used to gain immediate access to funding when an individual needs an urgent package of care, on the basis of a rapidly deteriorating condition that may be entering a terminal phase. Who can complete it? The tool is usually completed by an ‘appropriate clinician’ such as a nurse or a doctor. The practitioner must be knowledgeable about the individuals health needs and be able to provide reasons for the fast tracking decision. Is the use of the tool compulsory? The Fast Track Tool must be used when an individual requires an urgent package of continuing health care. This replaces the need for a Decision Support Tool. Do individuals need to consent to the Fast track Tool completion? The individual needs to give informed consent to the completion of the tool. Where an individual is unable to provide consent, the appropriate clinician should make a best interests decision. This best interests’ decision should be carried out without delay to enable individuals to be in their preferred place of care as soon as possible. Is the Fast Track Tool dependent of timescales relating to end of life care? There are no time limits specified and a decision to use the tool should not be based solely around an individual’s life expectancy. What evidence is required when completing the Fast Track Tool? The provision of a completed Fast Track Tool instead of a Decision Support Tool is sufficient evidence to establish eligibility. Can a PCT refuse to accept a completed Fast Track Tool? The Responsibilities Directions make it clear that a PCT must accept and action a Fast Track Tool immediately where the tool has been properly completed. On receipt of the Fast Track Tool documentation the PCT should arrange for the care package to be commissioned without delay. Further information: http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/SocialCare/Deliveringadultsocialcare/Continuingcare/DH_0 73912