The Government has announced the increase of the NHS Funded Nursing Care (FNC) rate for 2020-21, stating that this increase will be also backdated to 1st April 2019.
The current standard rate of £165.56 will increase by 9% to £180.31 for the 2019 to 2020 financial year.
The higher rate of NHS-funded nursing care will also increase by 9% from the current rate of £227.77 to £248.06 per week for 2019 to 2020. This is only relevant for people who were already on the higher rate in 2007 when the single band was introduced. This will also be backdated.
For the 2020 to 2021 financial year, the NHS-funded nursing care standard weekly rate per person will increase by 2% from £180.31 to £183.92. This will be backdated to 1st April 2020.
The higher rate of NHS-funded nursing care will also then increase for 2020 to 2021 by 2% from £248.06 to £253.02 per week. This is only relevant for people who were already on the higher rate in 2007 when the single band was introduced and will also be backdated to 1st April 2020.
Commenting on the NHS Funded Nursing Care rate for 2020-21, Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says, 'This has been a long time coming, but we must be grateful to the DHSC for launching a review of the 2019/20 FNC rate as a result of Care England representations. The outcome of the review moves us close to the rate Care England campaigned for...The 2019/20 FNC did not reflect nurse costs in nursing homes and this was the reason behind the decision of Care England to push for a review. In addition, coronavirus has put a significant strain on care homes as they are responsible for the provision of care to some of the most vulnerable members of our society, again demonstrating the absolute need for properly funded nursing care.
'Managing the continued safe provision of nursing care to all residents at this time is particularly challenging given the staff shortages that are resulting from self-isolation/illness and the high demand within the NHS for additional nurses. Obtaining and retaining nursing capacity within the care home sector during ordinary times is tough, but the position now is even more difficult and financially challenging.'