Intermediate Care

Published / Last Updated on 15/06/2015

Intermediate care is medical care at home where it is normally not appropriate for the patient to remain in hospital for that care.

It is normally temporary care where there should be a specifically targeted outcome i.e.  a finish date where the patient is recovered.

The maximum length of intermediate care is normally six weeks, after this point if treatment continues it would normally pass to being redefined and funded according to the particular care type's rules.


  • Deemed as Health Care - funded by NHS
  • State sector availability - Yes
  • Private sector availability - Yes, but would have to self fund any costs
  • Who pays? State funded

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