Infection control support for care homes
On 14th May the Minister for Care, Helen Whately, wrote to all Councils, including Rotherham Council, to outline the requirements needed to support homes to stop the spread of Covid-19
The Minister for Care acknowledged that councils and health partners are already working with care homes in their area to support them to manage the unique pressures that Covid-19 has placed upon them. She outlined the process required by Government to establish a clear understanding of the level of implementation in every care home across England, and to identify any issues in local areas and further support needs.
Council Chief Executive Officers with social care responsibilities were required to work with health system partners to agree a return by 29 May 2020 consisting of:
- a letter that sets out a short overview of their current activity and forward plan;
- a short template that confirms the current level of access to the support offer.
- confirmation that Councils are carrying out a daily review of the local care market (including all relevant data, especially on care homes), and taking actions immediately where necessary to support them.
Rotherham Councils response is as follows
Additional £600m of Government Funding to support providers through a new ‘Infection Control Fund’
The fund is designed to support adult social care providers to reduce the rate of transmission in and between care homes and support wider workforce resilience. The fund was allocated to local authorities in addition to the funding already provided to support adult social care sector during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The allocation for Rotherham was £3,008,676 based on the total number of Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered care home beds in the borough as of May 2020 with an area cost adjustment applied by Government.
Payment of the Infection Control Fund will be made subject to the grant conditions and, for Care homes only, a first allocation of any funding to a provider is contingent on them having completed the NHS Capacity Tracker at least once and committed to completing the Tracker on a consistent basis.
The second allocation of funding is contingent on completion of the form which is to be returned to [email protected]
Financial Assistance to support Adult Social Care Providers respond to Covid-19
Financial support for Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Organisations to respond to Coronavirus (Covid-19)
The government has pledged £750 million to ensure VCSE can continue their vital work supporting the country during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including £200 million for the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, along with an additional £150 million from dormant bank and building society accounts.