Infection Control Fund Extended
Credit: CMM (Care Management Matters)
Government has extended the Infection Control Fund, with an extra £546m to help protect staff and people using services throughout winter.
The Infection Control Fund, set up in May, has now been extended until March 2021, with the additional funds intended to help the care sector restrict the movement of staff between care homes and stop the spread of the virus.
Care providers can use the extended Infection Control Fund to pay staff full wages when they are self-isolating, and to ensure their services have the resources they need to reduce the risk of spreading the infection.
Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock said, 'This new funding of over half a billion pounds will support not only care home residents, but also some of the most vulnerable in society living at home and in supported living.
'I know this will give peace of mind to so many, and we will set out further detail in our Adult Social Care Winter Plan this week.'
Data published by Department of Health and Social Care in July showed the funding has helped providers to take key steps to improve infection prevention and control in care settings, including restricting staff movement in care homes and paying staff to self-isolate.
Minister for Care, Helen Whately said, 'I know just how hard social care staff have been working over the last six months to provide compassionate care for our loved ones and keep them safe in the face of this global threat. I am committed to ensuring the social care system has everything they need for the winter months ahead.
'Today we have set out additional funding to bolster infection prevention and protect our loved ones receiving care.'