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Winter Plan for Care Homes

Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has welcomed the extension of the Infection Control Fund and the move to appoint a Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care as substantive elements of the Winter Plan, but noted that more detail is needed in other areas including on a PPE Strategy.

Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:

“The extension of the Infection Control Fund is extremely welcome, this is a real life line for care providers and we are pleased that the Government listened to the sector on this though the details of the scope and conditions are not yet announced. Care England will work with the DHSC to implement the Plan and achieve the best possible outcomes for care home residents, their families and staff”.

Over the last few months, Care England has consistently collated and presented evidence to Government about the cost implications of COVID-19 to the care sector.

There are a number of logistical issues at stake and providers need to know how to escalate queries if they find that the Winter Plan is not delivering in their area. The Winter Plan can be found at
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/adult-social-care-coronavirus...

Martin Green continues:

“The care home sector remains in the spotlight and it is important to pay tribute to the hard work of the workforce, the sector’s best resource. The Winter Plan was an opportunity to set out a holistic plan for the sector and whilst we are encouraged that it covers some areas it could have been much wider including addressing issues such as testing, occupancy and indemnity”.

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Notes to editors:

  1. Care England is the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care
  2. Care England works to ensure that care services are commissioned fairly, efficiently and on a properly funded basis, to meet the true costs of providing quality care. Care England analysis indicates that where known around one in five councils (20%) did not increase their base rates for either residential or nursing home placements in 2018/19, despite rising inflation and increased workforce costs.
  3. For Care England press enquiries related to this release, please contact Antonella Corby (020) 7492 4843 or email acorby@careengland.org.uk 
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