My background and experience...
I qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1985, and as a District Nurse in 1996 and have had a very full and varied career delivering and managing services both within the NHS and in the private sector, working in hospitals, community nursing services and nursing homes.
As with most professions, nursing demands a commitment to life-long study and so I have accumulated a number of additional qualifications along the way. These include a diploma in professional practice in District Nursing, a post graduate diploma in Health Studies and Management, a Nurse Prescribing qualification and most recently a post graduate certificate in Continuing Education.
I have been working within the field of NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) for 16 years, initially as manager of Continuing Healthcare services for NHS Brighton and Hove City Primary Care Trust (January 2005 – May 2011), after which time I was made redundant from the NHS and set up my own business as an independent Healthcare Consultant. In my independent capacity I provide Continuing Healthcare expertise and advice to both private individuals and NHS Trusts. In 2012 I was asked to act as Interim Head of Continuing Healthcare for West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups (October 2012 – July 2015). I was primarily engaged to support the team through a process of organisational transition, but went on to develop and measurably improve the team’s functionality and performance. Between 2016 - 2019 I worked part time for a Commissioning Support Unit in the North East of England, managing CHC appeals, however in 2019 I returned to the South East and began working for West Sussex CCGs once again in their Continuing Healthcare Team.
As I frequently work for both NHS Trusts and individual clients I operate a strict code of ‘declaration of interests’, to ensure that there can be no conflict of interest or compromise of my professional integrity. However, working for NHS organisations and private individuals keeps my NHS Continuing Healthcare knowledge and expertise current and relevant, and also ensures that I truly understand and appreciate the experiences and frustrations of those individuals going through the Continuing Healthcare application and appeal process.
I was previously a regular member of the then South East Coast Strategic Health Authority’s Independent Review Panel (now the National Commissioning Board, NHS England) as the health representative, hearing appeals from CCG’s in Surrey, Sussex and Kent.
Following redundancy in 2011 I left the NHS and developed my own business, focussing my expertise and experience on providing independent, comprehensive NHS CHC services for both the NHS and private clients. Since 2011 I have worked for a number of CCGs and have also successfully assisted a large number of private clients to navigate through the NHS CHC process and reach a successful outcome.
I am registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as Catherine B Hurley where you are able to verify my registered qualifications, and I am a member of the Royal College of Nursing.
More detailed information from the Department of Health about NHS Continuing Healthcare is available on the NHS website - to find out more please click the NHS Choices logo.
If you would like to know more about me or the types of assessment services I am able to offer please click here to contact me.
Free initial review
I offer a ‘first glance’ review (30 minutes) free of charge from either looking at any existing documentation you may have or from any information you are able to give me verbally of the individual circumstances. I will then offer my opinion of the level of success you are likely to achieve if you decide to pursue an application or appeal for NHS CHC funding with your local CCG.
I offer a bespoke CHC assessment and review service depending on your particular needs, using Department of Health documents (revised 2018). The completed review will provide you with a detailed, in-depth assessment of you or your relative’s health and social care needs, including an analysis of the ‘four key indicators’, which can be used in the lead up to a CCG eligibility decision or when making an appeal.
** Please note that I do not personally represent clients at CHC appeals. I believe that your case is much stronger when the information is personally presented by the applicant.