Government Infection Control Fund could help you switch to electronic care planning
After the devastating effects Covid-19 has had on the social care sector over the past few months, the government have announced that they are putting £600 million into what is called the Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund, to better equip care teams to tackle the Coronavirus pandemic, and stop transmission between care homes.
The first part of this funding was given to local authorities in May and the second installment in July, with the money expected to be spent over the coming months. 75% of the funding must be allocated to support specific infection control measures in care homes, including:
- Ensuring all staff who have to isolate due to Covid-19, or those with symptoms waiting for a test, get full pay (this can be used to top up statutory sick pay).
- Ensuring carers only work in one care home (topping up wages if hours are cut)
- Restructuring so that carers only work with certain groups of residents (Covid/non Covid wings )
- Support recruitment of additional staff
- Limiting public transport and providing accommodation if necessary
The final 25% of the grant can also go towards these measures but they do not have to. You may wish to use this on other workforce measures, but in no circumstances should this grant be used to increase fees, repay already incurred expenditure or fund activities that do not support the purpose of infection prevention control.
Infection control fund extension until March 2021
Due to the success of the first round of funding in limiting the transmission of Covid-19, the Government have announced they are extending this funding until March 2021, adding an extra £546 million into the grant scheme.
The funding will be paid in two installments to local authorities, the first on 01 October and the second in December. 80% of this funding will be passed on to social care homes in the local authority’s geographical area and CQC regulated care services in the geographical location as a priority.
The further 20% will be distributed at the local authority’s discretion to support care providers to take additional steps to reduce the risk of COVID-19.
The guidelines for how this grant can be used have been updated, so please read the full terms and conditions on the Gov website.
Using the grant to go digital
The future of care is quickly accelerating towards digital transformation, and while 75% of care homes still work off paper records, this could just be about to change. Cost may have been a major factor in many care services not yet making the switch, but the Government’s Infection Control Fund is now providing a means to make real change to the way care homes run.
How can electronic care planning help with infection control?
Electronic Care Planning has really helped a lot of homes across the world manage the Covid pandemic more efficiently and effectively. Having patient records in a centralised location can make it easier to track and monitor symptoms and implement measures for control, in order to predict, prevent and manage outbreaks and ultimately make more informed decisions on the care being provided.
For more information on how care homes have been managing cases of Covid within their services, check out our blog Coronavirus in Care Homes: Managing Covid-19 in Care. And if you’d like to find out more about how Nourish can help you with infection control and the daily management of your care service, book a demo today!