The Department of Health and Social Care has announced a £588 million fund to cover costs for individuals needing follow-on care after being discharged from hospital, including adult social care.
From Tuesday 1 September, the NHS will have access to the fund which will provide up to 6 weeks of care and support, including care home costs.
The fund will allow people to receive ongoing help with their recovery and rehabilitation after they leave hospital.
Although most people will be discharged back to their homes, some people will need short or long-term residential, nursing home or hospice care. However, this will require involvement of the local authority and coronavirus testing prior to admission.
Care homes are not forced to admit new or existing residents who have tested positive for coronavirus.
“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” said Matt Hancock, the health and social care secretary.
Assessment of ongoing care needs, including determining funding eligibility, will take place within the first 6 weeks following discharge.
The funding can also be used to provide urgent domiciliary care or nursing support, such as basic wound care, to prevent the individual being admitted to hospital.
The funding is part of the £3 billion granted for preparation and prevention of a second peak of COVID-19 this winter and is additional to the £1.3 billion funding provided in March to support hospital discharging.