Increased NHS-funded nursing care

May 11, 2022

The standard rate provided for NHS-funded nursing care has increased from £187.60 to £209.19 for 2022-23 and will be backdated to 1 April.

Increased funding for nursing in care homes will support tens of thousands of care home residents with nursing needs, including those with learning and physical disabilities, with an 11.5% increase in 2022-23 and an estimated £87m backdated for 2021-22, according to Government.

The £87m backdated for 2021-22 is a retrospective uplift in recognition of the additional time and work provided by nurses in care homes during the pandemic.

The funding is paid by the NHS directly to care homes who employ registered nurses. This allows care home residents with specific healthcare needs to benefit from direct nursing care and services.

Registered nurses provide support to people with a variety of needs, including people with learning disabilities, those living with enduring physical or mental health needs and various conditions associated with old age. This type of nursing requires a range of skills and training, with the extra funding supporting this role.

The additional funds aim to help cover the costs of nursing care and support the staff that provide it ensuring the service can continue to support the needs of residents and all those who rely on it. Providing nursing care within care homes also helps reduce the pressure on hospitals where the Government’s funding sets out to help clear the COVID-19 backlog.

Minister for Care, Gillian Keegan, said, 'Our brilliant adult social care nurses work tirelessly to support people living with a variety of health needs.

'Increasing the weekly rate and the retrospective uplift reflects the cost of this vital work which is carried by our valued and skilled workforce to help those who need it.

'It is right we continue to review the cost of this care to ensure nurses can continue providing excellent care and support the needs of their residents.'

The rates are based on new research conducted by the Department of Health and Social Care in 2021 through a cost collection survey which was sent to nursing home providers.

Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care, Deborah Sturdy, said, 'Nurses across social care play an essential role in delivering high-quality, complex care to those who require the skills and expertise of registered nurses.

'This funding is vital to supporting their role in planning and providing care.'

In other news, a new study of public attitudes towards social care in Wales following the COVID-19 pandemic has been published.

 


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