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UKHCA welcomes news of £588 million fund to help people return home from hospitalUKHCA welcomes news of £588 million fund to help people return home from hospital

People needing additional follow-on care after being discharged from hospital will be supported by a £588 million fund to cover adult social care or the immediate costs of care in their own home, the Government announced late yesterday.

The funding will provide up to 6 weeks of funded care and support for people being discharged from hospital. The additional support will include domiciliary care, community nursing services or care home costs.

Dr Jane Townson, CEO of UKHCA said:

“We welcome news of funding to support people’s recovery at home after discharge from hospital, as well as the emphasis on meeting people’s care needs in the community where possible. We are keen to work with the NHS and local authorities to ensure that the focus is on improving outcomes for people, rather than on time and task. We are also determined to ensure that homecare and support is purchased by commissioners in a way that allows fair recognition and reward of the workforce, as well as quality and sustainability of services.”

The funding announcement was accompanied by new hospital discharge service guidance for England, which replaces guidance issued in March, and information on hospital discharge for patients.

Guidance has also been published on NHS Continuing Healthcare assessments for those needing funded long-term care or support, which will be reintroduced from September.

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