8 August 2020 update

Use of Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund - Annex E: reporting template

On 13th May the Government announced that it would make available a £600m Infection Control Fund for Adult Social Care, to be paid in two instalments (with the first being made in May 2020 and the second in July 2020). The purpose of this fund is to provide support to adult social care providers in the implementation of infection control measures.

Each council was asked to complete an interim return to specify how the grant has been spent to date and to explain how the expenditure meets the objectives of the fund. This submission for Kirklees Council was submitted on 26 June 2020.

29 May 2020 update

Letter from Jacqui Gedman to the Minister of State for Care about support for care homes

This letter outlines the details of the partnership arrangements in Kirklees to support care homes. The support offered includes infection prevention control, testing, personal protective equipment (PPE), workforce and clinical support.

Summary of support given by Kirklees Council to providers as of 29 May 2020

Support to providers that the local authority has contracts with

Domiciliary care

  • 4.92% annual uplift on rates from April in addition to an approximate 10% uplift in Oct 2019
  • Lump sum payment to assist with additional back office costs
  • Contingency fund for emergency assistance
  • Advice and guidance on other forms of support
  • Access to Care First (Kirklees Council's employee assistance programme, including counselling, information and advice helpline)
  • Providers paid on commissioned/planned hours rather than delivered hours
  • Support via In2Care with recruitment
  • Provision of PPE (personal protective equipment)

Residential care

  • 4.8% to 5.74% annual uplift on fees from April
  • 5% premium paid on fees for 3 month period (in addition to annual uplift) from March 2020
  • Payment for 3 days after death (rather than 1 day) from March 2020
  • Block booking of 92 beds (to aid hospital discharge)
  • Contingency fund for emergency assistance from March 2020
  • Utilisation of shared staff (where applicable)
  • Advice and guidance on other forms of support
  • Access to Care First (Kirklees Council's employee assistance programme, including counselling, information and advice helpline)
  • Offer of transport to staff to avoid public transport
  • Support via In2Care with recruitment
  • Provision of PPE (personal protective equipment)

Other provisions

  • Providers paid on commissioned/planned hours rather than delivered hours
  • Average/revised arrangement invoice payments instead of payment by outcomes/activity
  • Voluntary and Community Sector provision assistance
  • Provision of IT (information technology)

Total spent

Total spent to date on supporting providers the local authority has contracts with, in response to COVID-19 excluding IPC (Infection Prevention Control) funding: Estimated in the region of £1.6m

Support to providers that the local authority does not have contracts with

Domiciliary care

  • Contingency fund for emergency assistance
  • Advice and guidance on other forms of support
  • Access to Care First (Kirklees Council's employee assistance programme, including counselling, information and advice helpline)
  • Provision of PPE (personal protective equipment)

Residential care

  • Contingency fund for emergency assistance
  • Advice and guidance on other forms of support
  • Access to Care First (Kirklees Council's employee assistance programme, including counselling, information and advice helpline)
  • Provision of PPE (personal protective equipment)

Other provisions

  • Voluntary and Community Sector provision assistance

Total spent

Total spent to date on supporting providers the local authority does not have contracts with, in response to COVID-19: Estimated in the region of £0.26m

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