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Continuing to Support?

Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has expressed concern about the negligible, or zero, increases for NHS Continuing Healthcare across the country.
 
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England says: 
“As we enter the new financial year it is apparent that many CCGs are yet again not offering increases to providers for NHS Continuing Healthcare. This is against a background of increased costs and it is hard to imagine how a sector that is already hard pushed will survive with not so much as a nod to inflationary increases let alone other costs”.
 
NHS Continuing Healthcare is a package of nursing care provided outside of hospital.  It is designed to fund nursing care need for individuals with complex health conditions within nursing homes as opposed to keeping individuals within hospitals as long-stay patients. The full picture of CCG and indeed LA fee offers are not yet fully known, again making it hard for providers to plan, but a number of CCGs have to date  said that they will not increase fees for 2019/20, which takes no account of rising pressures, such as increases in staffing costs. Failure to pay at the true cost of care is placing nursing homes at risk of closing, impacting upon individuals and their families - and furthering the pressures in over-stretched local hospitals.
 
Martin continues:
“The cost of recruiting and retaining nurses has been rising. Our workforce is our most valuable resource and we cannot and will not cut corners but this in itself may have unforeseen consequences not least the closure of services. This is false economy on the NHS’s behalf as by not giving adequate resources to support people with health conditions in the community it will add further pressures to and perpetuate the enduring winter crisis”.

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Notes to editors:

  1. Care England is the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care 
  2. Care England works to ensure that care services are commissioned fairly, efficiently and on a properly funded basis, to meet the true costs of providing quality care.  Care England analysis indicates that where known around one in five councils (20%) did not increase their base rates for either residential or nursing home placements in 2018/19, despite rising inflation and increased workforce costs.
  3. For Care England press enquiries related to this release, please contact Antonella Corby (020) 7492 4843 or email acorby@careengland.org.uk