A £500 payment is being offered to care workers across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland as they continue to make extraordinary efforts ahead of another challenging winter.
The funding is being allocated by the NHS and the Department of Health and Social Care to recognise the loyalty of adult social care workforces as they support hospital discharges over the next few months.
The payment is being provided in March next year to around 20,000 front line workers and staff, who remain in service from mid-December this year until the end of February 2022.
It will be worth up to £500 each for staff, who work 20 hours or more per week, and around £250 for staff who work less than 20 hours.
“It’s been a really difficult time for everyone – the work done in the health and care sector has been nothing short of incredible.
“We know that it will be a challenging winter ahead as we continue to support NHS efforts and we hope this payment will make sure workers know they are valued.”:
Councillor Christine Radford, county council cabinet member for adult social care
Rachna Vyas, Executive Director of Integration and Transformation at the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: “Our family of health and care services simply do not work without each other – we work together to support thousands of people daily to live independently and to stay safe and well.
“This latest incentive is simply a way to recognise the extraordinary efforts of our extraordinary colleagues.”
Councillor Sarah Russell, deputy city mayor and lead on social care for Leicester City Council, said: “This additional support goes a small way to recognising the vital work carried out by care workers, and hopefully will support the retention of experienced staff to work with all those who depend on care services.”
Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Adult Care at Rutland County Council Councillor Samantha Harvey said: “So much of what our adult social care workforce does goes unseen.
“They provide a truly critical service, not just for those in need of support but as part of a wider health system that could not function without them.
“We should all be incredibly grateful to them, while this funding is fully deserved.”
Steve Payne, who manages care homes in the city and county, including The Kathleen Rutland Home in Leicestershire, said: “ The care sector has gone and continues to go through a torrid time and our staff have been relentless in their efforts and commitment to ensure those they support are safe.
“I have nothing but admiration for them and the news of this funding shows in part some recognition for our care and support staff and I’m sure it will be gratefully received.”
Payments will be made through the Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered care providers, who employ health and social care workers to deliver services commissioned by the city, Leicestershire and Rutland county councils and the NHS.
NOTES TO EDITOR
The 20,000 figure quoted refers to workers within CQC-registered adult social care services.
The payments are being made using NHS funding to support winter capacity and resilience across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland