The NHS contribution to the costs of nursing for eligible care home residents is going up to £156.25 per week – an increase of 40% over the 2015-16 rate of £112.
The higher rate, paid for residents requiring more detailed nursing, will be increased to £215.04 per week.
The increases are backdated to 1 April and implemented on an interim basis while further work is done to review the element of the rate for agency nursing staff (which could lead to a reduction to the rate from 1 January 2017) and to consult on introducing regional variation from April 2017.
Professor Martin Green, chief executive of Care England, said: “The recognition by ministers and the Department of Health of the important role of nurses working in nursing homes and increasing the funding to residents for their nursing care, is welcome news.
“Care England has worked tirelessly to ensure the rate of FNC was properly reviewed after so many years of nil or very low increases. We thank Mazars LLP for their work in undertaking the review and the DH for following up the review. We will contribute to the remaining research around agency use that needs to be carried out to ensure a final rate is agreed.”
“The care nurses give in nursing homes is a vital part of our whole care system and moving to a more realistic means of funding this care is an important step in the right direction. We must now also determine how the FNC should be reviewed annually going forward.”