Uncovering Funding Increases for Nursing in Care Homes

by | Jun 27, 2022

An increase in funding for nursing in our care homes across the country will likely support tens of thousands of residents with their individual nursing needs, including those with physical and learning disabilities, with an 11.5% rise in the 2022/23 years, and an estimated £87 million backdated for the period from 2021 to 2022. The funding should see nurses duly compensated for their hard work during the pandemic and the work they continue to put in tirelessly across the country.

In recognition of the additional work and time provided by nurses in care homes during the COVID-19 years, an uplift on the 2021 to 2022 rate has also been applied by the provision of an additional £87 million funding to the sector. The funding will be paid directly by the NHS to care homes who employ registered nurses, allowing residents with specific healthcare needs to benefit directly from nursing services and care.

Registered nurses

Registered nurses work to provide support to people with a variety of requirements, including those with learning disabilities, mental or physical needs and various conditions associated with older age. This specific kind of nursing requires a range of training and skills, with the extra funding supplied supporting this role.

Providing nursing care within homes across the country will help to reduce the pressure on our hospitals where the government’s funding can be used to help clear the backlog from COVID-19.

The Minister for Care, Gillian Keegan, stated that:

“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 retrospective COVID-19 uplift mentioned here provides additional payments of £21.93 per week per resident for the 2021 to 2022 period.

Funding

The £5.4 billion received from the Health and Social Care Levy over the next three years includes £1.4 billion to make sure local authorities pay a much fairer rate for care, and £500 million to further develop the wider workforce in health and social care. From October 2023, people who draw on support and care will no longer face unpredictable care costs, due to the government’s changing reform that is utilising 5 local authorities to turn changing reform on as early as possible, so that we can ensure a smooth national transition to the fresh system and learn valuable lessons in the process.

Together with the white papers on integration and reform, we hope the government will continue to fulfil its promise to do whatever is necessary to develop world-leading patient care. Our care homes desperately need the support they deserve after a difficult pandemic period, and this is much welcomed because of that.

Sydenham House is a residential care home in a delightful setting in the village of Blakeney, offering accommodation for up to 19 people. We help our residents to lead active lives in friendly, comfortable surroundings, involving them in the local community whenever we can.  If you’d like to know more about how we can help the elderly continue to live fulfilled and comfortable lives, then take a look at our website www.sydenham-house.co.uk. Or, if you we can be of further assistance to you, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01594 517 015 – we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have about caring for your loved one.