NHS-funded Nursing Care to rise from 1 April 2021

Posted on: March 18th, 2021 by JS

The Department of Health and Social Care has announced that the standard rate they will pay for NHS-funded Nursing Care (FNC) is to rise by 2% to £187.60 per week from 1 April 2021.

FNC is the contribution paid by the NHS toward the costs of a place in a care home with nursing for eligible people assessed as needing the help of a registered nurse. Tens of thousands of people in the UK receive FNC.

The higher rate of NHS-funded nursing care will also increase by 2% to £258.08 per week. This covers those who were already on the higher rate in 2007 when the single band was introduced.

Dan Harbour, Managing Director of Beacon CHC, said: “We recommend that people highlight the new FNC rate to the Manager of your nursing home, and check your bills to make sure the increase is reflected from 1 April.

“Ideally, we’d want people to see a £3.68 per week reduction in your fee (or £5.06 per week if you’re on the higher rate). However, you might find that you care home simply raises their fee by this amount, with the increase being covered by the NHS.” 

NB. FNC is not awarded to people who receive NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC), as they should have all their nursing care needs funded in the CHC package.

If you have any questions about FNC or CHC, please take a look at our FAQs. If you need more assistance, please contact our free Information and Advice Service on 0345 548 0300 and leave a voicemail when prompted.

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