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New increased NHS-funded nursing care rate for 2016-17

NHS-funded nursing care is a care provided for people who live in a care home. Those who need cares are basically those who are not eligible for NHS continuing healthcare but assessed as needing care of registered nurse and those who live in the care home. Yearly, the NHS pays a flat rate of contribution to the cost of care provided by registered nurse in these care home.

For 2016/17, the NHS has increased its contribution for the costs of a place in a care home with nursing by £156.25 in an interim basis. The current rate for a registered nurse care for a nursing home resident is at £112. The new standard rates for eligible care home residents with registered nurse are as follows:

  • Increased standard rate of £156.25 per week
  • Higher rate will be increased by £215.04 per week (these are for those with higher rate in 2007 when the single band was introduced)

Last year, the Department of Health appointed Mazars for an independent review across England to consider the costs for delivering registered nursing care in a nursing home care. Mazars LLP is an independent organisation specialised in audit, accountancy, legal, and tax and advisory services.

Mazars LLP provided an independent review on the rate paid by the NHS to nursing homes, that recommended an increment of 40% i.e. £156.25 by the NHS-funded nursing care.

The recommendation has been accepted by the government, the Clinical Commissioning Groups will now pay a national rate of £156.25. The increase is validated from 1st of April 2016 for NHS- funded nursing care residents.

The new rate is based on interim basis until further review of other element of the rate for agency nursing staff and to consult on Regional variation. The new rate could lead to a reduction of rate by the 1st January 2017 and the variation from April 2017.The new rates has introduced based on the best evidences available to the Department of Health.

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