Support for the care sector

Staff in the care home and community care sectors and sector leaders have done an amazing job in continuing their roles in the face of the impact of Covid-19.

The Liverpool health and care system continues to work closely with the sector and public health experts, with the support of the Department of Health and Social Care and other organisations to support the sector to manage the impact of Covid-19

Adult social care infection control and testing fund 2021/22

In March 2021, the government announced a consolidated Adult Social Care Infection Control and Testing Fund which runs from 1st April 2021 to 30th June 2021. The purpose of this new fund is to support adult social care providers to:

  • reduce the rate of Covid-19 transmission within and between care settings through effective IPC practices and increase uptake of staff vaccination, and
  • conduct rapid testing of staff and visitors in care homes, high risk supported living and extra care settings, to enable close contact visiting where possible

Liverpool’s total allocation is £2.897m (1.681m for Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) and £1.26m for Rapid Testing).  

Under the terms set by the Department of Health and Social Care, the council will passport 70% of the IPC allocation to care homes on a ‘per beds’ basis, and CQC-regulated community care providers on a ‘per user’ basis, as well as 60% of the rapid testing allocation to care homes on a ‘per beds’ basis. The grant agreements for providers can be found below.

Financial support offered in 2020/21

During 2020/21, the Council provided financial support to the care sector through range of grants, all of which have now ended. The table below summarises the grants and how the Council utilised them. For more information, please contact covid-19grantsadultservices@liverpool.gov.uk

Financial support offered in 2020/21
Grant Purpose Liverpool allocation Distribution How LCC used the discretionary funding
Infection control fund round 1 19 transmission in and between care homes and support wider workforce resilience. £4.493m 75% passported to care homes on a per bed basis
25% at local authority discretion
To fund supply of PPE
Taxis for home care providers
Additional funding for care homes, home care and supported living providers
Infection control fund round 2 To support adult social care providers to reduce the rate of COVID-19 transmission within and between care settings, in particular by helping to reduce the need for staff movements between sites. £4.541m 80% passported to care homes on a per bed basis and community care agencies on a ‘per CQC registered user’ basis
20% at local authority discretion
Hospital discharge
Covid-19 surge response
Enhanced home care rates
Visitor pods for care homes
Care home rapid testing pilot
Leaflets for care homes
IPC in 24hr high risk settings not eligible for passported funding (non CQC supported living, homeless services)
Top-up payment to care homes in addition to passported funding
Rapid testing fund Support additional rapid testing of staff in care homes, and to support visiting professionals and enable indoors, close contact visiting where possible. £1.122m 80% passported to care homes including residential drug and alcohol providers on a per bed basis
20% at local authority discretion
Offer of funding made to other providers operating rapid testing (high risk supported living).
Top-up payment to care homes on a ‘per bed’ basis.
Workforce capacity fund To enable local authorities to deliver measures to supplement and strengthen adult social care staff capacity to ensure that safe and continuous care is achieved. £1.478m Not mandated by local authority can choose to passport to CQC registered providers 80% passported to CQC registered providers on a per bed/per user basis
Offer of funding to non CQC providers of homelessness and substance misuse services
Internal capacity (hubs/hospital discharge)

Further support

The council also provided financial support to care homes and care and support providers under a local grant during the Covid-19 pandemic during the period 1st April 2020 to 30th September 2020. The document below summarises this support.