Increase to NHS-funded nursing care rate

The NHS-funded nursing care standard weekly rate per patient will increase by 2 per cent to £158.16 on 1 April 2018. This is to reflect overall nursing wage pressures.

The higher rate of NHS-funded nursing care will also increase by 2 per cent to £217.59 per week. This is only relevant for people who were already on the higher rate in 2007 when the single band was introduced.

As stated on NHS Choices, “NHS-funded nursing care is care provided by a registered nurse for people who live in a care home. The NHS will pay a flat rate contribution directly to the care home towards the cost of this registered nursing care.”

Full details can be found on the Department of Health and Social Care website.

(Author: Tish Hanifan)