£588m government fund to help elderly and disabled people return home from hospital
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced a new £588 million fund to facilitate speedy hospital discharges by giving people timely access to care in their own homes.
People needing additional follow-on care after being discharged from hospital – including older people and those with disabilities – will be supported by the new fund to cover adult social care or the immediate costs of care in their own home.
From 1st September 2020, the NHS will be able to access the funding in order to provide up to six weeks of additional support so people can receive ongoing help with their recovery and rehabilitation after they leave hospital. This could include support in their home or access to physiotherapy services.
NHS Continuing Healthcare (NHS CHC) assessments will also restart from September, ensuring those with complex health needs can continue to access the care they need for free.
Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, said: “We know for the majority of people the road to recovery can be quicker when they receive care and support in the comfort of their own home.
“This funding will help ensure people can be safely discharged from hospital knowing they will get the vital follow-on care they need to recover fully from treatment. We’re also making sure those with complex health needs continue to receive the best support possible in the community.”
These new funding arrangements will apply up until 31st March 2021.
DHSC has also published new guidance to help hospitals safely discharge patients into the appropriate setting to maximise their independence and ensure they can remain in their own homes as much as possible.
Most people will be discharged back to their homes, but some people might need short- or long-term residential, nursing home or hospice care.
DHSC emphasises that nobody should be discharged from hospital directly to a care home without the involvement of the local authority and that all patients need to be tested prior to discharge to a care home. Care homes also should not admit an existing or new resident if they have tested positive for COVID-19 and the home would not be able to cope with the impact of their illness.
In addition, the fund can be used for urgent community response support to prevent someone being admitted to hospital. This can include providing urgent domiciliary care or nursing support, like basic wound care, in someone’s own home, rather than in hospital.
Case managers will ensure people are discharged safely, on time and that they have full information and advice about what is happening. This includes how individuals’ needs will be assessed and any follow up support that may be required. This approach applies to anyone discharged from NHS community and acute beds.
The funding is part of the £3 billion provided to protect and prepare health and social care in the event of a second peak of COVID-19 during winter and follows £1.3 billion funding made available via the NHS to support the discharge process in March.https://thiis.co.uk/588m-government-fund-to-help-elderly-and-disabled-people-return-home-from-hospital/https://i2.wp.com/thiis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/NHS-STP-CCG-change.jpg?fit=900%2C554&ssl=1https://i2.wp.com/thiis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/NHS-STP-CCG-change.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1Government & Local AuthoritiesInvestments & FundingNewsroomNHSSector Newscare homes,Department of Health and Social Care,DHSC,hospital discharges,NHS,NHS CHC,NHS Continuing Healthcare,NHS funding,residential care,social careThe Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced a new £588 million fund to facilitate speedy hospital discharges by giving people timely access to care in their own homes. People needing additional follow-on care after being discharged from hospital – including older people and those with disabilities –...Sarah SarsbySarah Sarsbysarah@thiis.co.ukAdministratorTHIIS Magazine