NHS funded nursing care rate to rise by 4.7%
The NHS funded nursing care standard weekly rate per patient is to rise by 4.7% from April 2019, the government has announced.
Weekly rates are to rise to £165.56 in 2019/20 from the current rate of £158.16, the Department of Health and Social Care said.
The higher rate of NHS-funded nursing care will also increase by 4.7% from the current rate of £217.59 to £227.77 per week for 2019 to 2020 although this only applies to people who were already on the higher rate in 2007 when the single band was introduced.
Registered nursing care is funded by the NHS for eligible nursing home residents. These rates are based on an independent study of the costs of providing nursing care, undertaken by LaingBuisson (see LaingBuisson to find the fair rate of NHS Funded Nursing Care).
The findings of the study have been combined with a 3.1% efficiency expectation of nursing home providers, and an expectation that no more than 10% of nursing hours are delivered by agency nurses.
The rise follows a 2% increase introduced by the DHSC in 2018/19 (see DHSC announces 2% rise in nursing subsidy).