The Department of Health and Social Care has extended adult social care support with COVID funding of over £250 million, comprising £142.5 million infection control funding and £108.8 million for testing.
This funding will extend the Infection Control and Testing Fund, which was due to run until the end of the month and which will now last until the end of September.
Infection Control Funding can be used to:
- ensure staff who are isolating receive their normal wages
- ensure that members of staff work in only one care home where possible
- limit or cohort staff to individual groups of residents or floors/wings, for example paying for extra staff cover to provide the necessary level of care and support to residents
- support recruitment of additional staff (and volunteers) if they’re needed to enable staff to work in only one care home.
Testing funding will continue to support providers with the costs associated with ongoing testing in care settings. This includes funding to support visitor testing to ensure residents can see their loved ones as safely as possible.
Free PPE is provided to the care sector until March 2022 and to date, more than 35 million PCR swab test kits and 85 million LFDs have been sent to care homes.
Over £2 billion has now been given to the sector.