Maria Caulfield MP has welcomed an extra £1,292,825 in funding for adult social care in East Sussex.
The funding, part of a £120 million of funding nationwide, will protect and support the social care sector, including care homes and domiciliary care providers, by increasing workforce capacity and increasing Covid testing.
The vital infection prevention and control guidance on staff movement in care homes is also being reinforced, with a reminder to providers to continue following the rules and keep staff and residents safe.
The new £120 million funding will help local authorities to boost staffing levels, a direct ask of the sector. The funding can:
• provide additional care staff where shortages arise
• support administrative tasks so experienced and skilled staff can focus on providing care
• help existing staff to take on additional hours if they wish with overtime payments or by covering childcare costs
Maria Caulfield MP said “Our care sector staff work incredibly hard at the best of times but have gone above and beyond during the global pandemic. This additional £1.2 million of funding from the government will help East Sussex County Council to provide high quality care across the county and keep residents safe as we roll out the vaccine.”
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said “This funding will bolster staffing numbers in a controlled and safe way, whilst ensuring people continue to receive the highest quality of care. Since the start of the pandemic, we have taken steps to protect care homes, including increasing the testing available for staff and residents, providing free PPE and investing billions of pounds of additional funding for infection control.”
“Help is on the way with the offer of a vaccine, with over 40% of elderly care home residents having already received their first dose.”
Many local authorities across the country already have staffing initiatives in place to increase capacity and address staffing issues. These include care worker staff banks where new recruits are paid during training, re-deployment models where DBS checked staff are trained and moved into operational roles, and end-to-end training and recruitment services. The new £120 million fund will ensure such initiatives can continue, and help other local authorities implement similar schemes.