Standard weekly rates paid to care homes for NHS-funded nursing care have risen by 11.5% in England, the government has announced.
Ministers said the increase “reflects the cost” of the “vital” work carried out by registered nurses in care homes.
“The weekly rate increase and retrospective uplift reflect the cost of this vital work”
Meanwhile, care sector leaders have praised the government for acknowledging the rising costs suffered by care providers and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nurses.
NHS funded nursing is when the NHS pays a lump sum directly to care homes to cover the cost of registered nursing care for residents.
For 2022-23 the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has confirmed that the standard weekly rate per eligible resident has increased from £187.60 to £209.19 (11.5%) and will be backdated to 1 april.
This appears to be a much higher increase than last year when the government announced a rise of just 2% for funded nursing.
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Residents at a higher rate will see their rates increased to £287.78 per week – although this only applies to those who were at this rate level before 2007 when a single rate system was introduced .
The DHSC also said that in recognition of the “extra time and work” provided by nurses in care homes during the coronavirus pandemic, there will be a retrospective increase in the 2021-22 rate – equivalent to around 87 million additional pounds for funded nursing care in the sector.
This retrospective increase will provide additional payments of £21.93 per resident per week and an additional £30.17 per week for upper-tier residents.
Care Minister Gillian Keegan said: “Our brilliant adult social care nurses work tirelessly to support people living with a variety of health needs.
“The weekly rate increase and the retrospective increase reflect the cost of this vital work that is carried out by our valued and skilled workforce to help those in need.
“It is right that we continue to review the cost of this care to ensure that nurses can continue to provide excellent care and meet the needs of their residents.”
The rates are based on new research conducted by the Department of Health and Social Care in 2021 involving a survey of home care providers.
Deborah Sturdy, Head Nurse of Adult Social Care, added: ‘Nurses in all social care play a vital role in delivering high quality, complex care to those who need the skills and expertise of nurses. allowed.
“This funding is essential to support their role in planning and delivering care.
Meanwhile, Professor Martin Green, chief executive of Care England, welcomed the 11.5% rise.
He said the organization had been “relentlessly focused” since 2015 on “ensuring a payable rate to reflect the challenges of providing nursing care in a sector troubled by labor shortages, rising agency costs and growing resident dependency”.
“We commend the Department of Health and Social Care for acknowledging the cost increases facing providers and the impact of the pandemic on our valued nurses,” Prof Green added.
Going forward, he again stressed the need to “seek longer-term solutions to the national nursing shortage and the industry’s struggles to recruit nurses and slow attrition rates.”
Nursing schedules interviewed Professor Green on these issues earlier this year.