Care home support

Pam Smith, Chief Executive has written to the Minister for Care providing an overview of the work being undertaken by the council and its partners to support care homes in the borough during the coronavirus pandemic.

You can read Pam's overview of the work being undertaken in the letter below:

You can read the detailed plan for care home support in Stockport below:

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Coronavirus and infection control funding support

Annual fee setting uplift 20/21, funded by councils cash limit resources

    Per week    
Service Type 19/20 (£) Uplift (£) Uplift (%) 20/21 (£)
Standard residential 508 22 4.3 530
Residential EMI 603 24 4.0 627
Standard nursing 621 25 4.0 646
Nursing EMI 638 24 3.8 662

Note:

  • the ceiling rate paid to providers by the council is amongst the highest in the North West region for all service types described above
  • the council is also paying an enhanced rate to providers for a significant number of beds in addition to the 20/21 published ceiling rate
    Per hour    
Service Type 19/20 (£) Uplift (£) Uplift (%) 20/21 (£)
Homecare standard rate 16.16 0.52 3.2 16.68
Homecare ethical rate 17.04 0.52 3.1 17.56

As at the 28 May 2020, 84% of homecare providers are being paid at the Homecare ethical rate.

Other council services 5.1% uplift from 19/20 to 20/21

  • learning disabilities and physical disabilities residential and nursing care
  • individual service funds
  • day services
  • learning disabilities outsourced tenancies
  • mental health residential and nursing care and non-residential care services
  • direct payments (elements of council commissioned services)

Infection control funding - 2nd instalment

To date we've paid nearly £2m (£1,936,285) to external providers aligned to the Infection Control Grant. This is mainly to care home providers but also includes reclaims from homecare, day care and supported living providers aligned to the discretionary element of the grant.

£704,922 of the total has been paid to care home providers aligned to their 2nd instalment following the signed returning of their legal agreement. Payments of the 2nd instalment will continue to be made when legal agreements are returned.

Coronavirus infection control payments

Support to providers that the local authority has contracts with   £000's  
  Domiciliary care Residential care Other provision
Support being offered to date 28 May 2020 (£000's) 112 1,411 306
Total spent to date 28 May 2020 on supporting providers the local authority has contracts with in response to coronavirus   1,829  
Support to providers that the local authority does not have contracts with   £000's  
  Domiciliary care Residential care Other provision
Support being offered to date 28 May 2020 (£000's) 61 0 1
Total spent to date 28 May 2020 on supporting providers the local authority does not have contracts with in response to coronavirus   62  

Please note:

  • spent means the funding or support has already reached the providers and includes cash in transit
  • payments are being made to providers for excess costs via requests to the coronavirus funding panel which meets daily. In addition are payments to homecare providers for the difference between planned and actual care delivered, where this is due to coronavirus
  • financial support for coronavirus given to standard care home providers is based on all clients within the home, rather than just Adult Social Care clients within a home
  • as at the 28 May 2020 there is currently £0.057m of invoices received (from 3 providers) which are currently being processed
  • payments for additional care commissioned due to coronavirus are excluded from the analysis above

Other funding and support

In addition to the coronavirus funding already provided and infection control payments made to date, is the following further advice and support:

  • further payments to providers from the coronavirus allocation, where appropriate, submitted by providers to the coronavirus funding panel
  • further allocations of the infection control funding aligned to national guidance
  • continuing to pay up to planned for homecare provision, where this is due to coronavirus
  • an offer from the council to care home providers of occupancy protection up to 90%, backdated to the 6 April 2020, funded from coronavirus allocations
  • Adult Social Care providers are now set up on immediate payment terms, where payments are usually made to providers via invoice submission, inclusive of coronavirus claims. This means immediate release of the payment once it has been approved. It is expected there is up to a 7 day period from the invoice being received by the council through to authorisation. Coronavirus claims are also being fast-tracked through this process