Plans to increase social care support at Nottinghamshire hospitals over the winter period to help reduce unnecessary discharge delays at a cost of almost £400,000 have been approved by the County Council.
The Council’s Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee approved the plans at its meeting on Monday (13 November), which are being funded by the additional £15.26m from Central Government to support adult social care up until the end of March 2018.
The money will fund 12.5 additional Council posts over the winter months to help put in place care packages and care home places for patients ready for discharge and help people regain their independence when back at home.
Extra staffing includes:
· four social care staff covering mid and north Nottinghamshire to help organise care packages and care home places
· more social care staff working at weekends and bank holidays at Kings Mill and Queen’s Medical Centre Hospitals
· more Council support workers to help people regain practical skills and confidence once they return home.
The money will also help support a new South Nottinghamshire hospital scheme for patients waiting for discharge who have a housing issue, including carrying out home adaptations if needed quickly or finding alternative temporary accommodation.
In addition, a scheme offering intensive support to Newark and Sherwood residents with complex needs to assist their discharge and avoid future admissions will also benefit from the funding boost.
Councillor Stuart Wallace, Chair of the County Council’s Adult Social and Public Health Committee, said: “This extra Government funding lends itself well to short-term support to tackle additional pressures and demands for hospital care over the winter months.
“We are using some of this money to support hospital discharge and help people at risk of a hospital stay to avoid this over this busy period, which will help local hospitals to focus on those most in need of care.”
The Chancellor’s budget statement on 8 March announced an extra £2bn of funding for local authorities to spend on adult social care, which includes £30m for Nottinghamshire over three years.
The temporary money has to be spent on meeting the social care needs of adults, reducing pressures on the NHS including supporting more people to be discharged from hospital and supporting social care providers.
The additional £15.26m of Government funding forms part of the Government’s Improved Better Care Fund, which amounts to £16.06m this year for the county.