ECCA welcomes uplift in nursing contribution
Caring Times, May 2013
The English Community Care Association (ECCA) has welcomed the announcement that the NHS contribution towards the costs of a place in a care home with nursing is being increased by 1% for 2013 to 2014.
The funding is for people in a care home who have been assessed as needing the help of a registered nurse. ECCA chief executive Professor Martin Green said the assessment of rates and the announcement of them needed to be put into a fixed timetable for future years.
“The announcement needs to be made in February to give providers time to notify residents and do the necessary cost adjustments prior to 1st April,” said Prof. Green. “In addition there should be an agreed review of the rates in partnership with independent sector providers so that there is a clear understanding of care home costs before any decisions are made by the Department of Health on the rates.”