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This form of NHS funding, also known as the registered nursing care contribution (RNCC), is for nursing care provided in a nursing home, but funded by the NHS.

Nursing homes (care homes with nursing care) usually employ their own registered nurses but if the NHS has assessed your relative as needing nursing care, it will pay the care home a standard rate for the nursing element of care. It won’t pay for the other care home costs, such as the accommodation.

Who can get NHS funded nursing care?

Your relative should receive NHS funding for nursing care (FNC) if:

  • they are a resident within a care home that is registered to provide nursing care; and
  • they do not qualify for NHS continuing healthcare, but have been assessed as requiring the services of a registered nurse.

How your relative is assessed

In all cases a person’s eligibility for NHS continuing healthcare should be considered before a decision to give nursing care contribution is reached. Your relative’s nursing needs should therefore have been assessed during the assessment for continuing healthcare. If your relative is in a nursing home and you think her or she should qualify for the NHS-funded nursing care payments, ask the staff in the home.

What will your relative get?

Registered nursing care can include direct nursing tasks as well as the planning, supervision and monitoring of nursing and healthcare tasks to meet your relative’s needs.

Since 1 April 2017 the payment has decreased to £155.05 a week in England. 

In Wales, the payment is £148.01 per week (2017-18)

The nursing care contribution is paid directly to the care home by the NHS. If your relative pays their own care fees, this amount will be deducted from their bill. If they are council-funded, the council will deduct this amount from the money it pays to the care home.

In Scotland

In Scotland, people aged 65 and over assessed as needing care in a care home are eligible to claim personal care payments, regardless of income or capital. Find out more in Financing a care home.

More information

Page last reviewed: June 2016
Next review due: June 2018