What is NHS-funded Nursing Care?
NHS-funded Nursing Care (FNC), also known as registered nursing care contribution (RNCC), is nursing care provided in a nursing home, funded by the NHS in England and Wales. In Scotland, this form of care contribution is called the Free Nursing Allowance.
Nursing homes (care homes with nursing care) usually employ their own registered nurses, but if the NHS has assessed the person you’re supporting 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.
Registered nursing care can include direct nursing tasks as well as the planning, supervision and monitoring of nursing and healthcare tasks to meet your loved one’s needs.
How much is FNC?
The NHS-funded Nursing Care payments per week are:
- England: £165.56 (2019-20)
- Scotland: 257* (2019-20)
- Wales: £149.67 (2018-19)
- Northern Ireland: £100 (2018-19)
*In Scotland, the Free Nursing Allowance comprises free personal care at £177 per week and free nursing care of £80 per week.
The nursing care contribution is paid directly to the care home by the NHS. If your loved one pays their own care fees, this amount should be deducted from their bill. Although it might be the case that the care home will quote you a fee that doesn’t include nursing costs, in which they are unlikely to pass on the FNC.
Before 1 October 2007 FNC was paid at three different levels – low, medium and high. If you qualified for FNC before 1 October 2007 and continue to qualify in 2019-20, you will receive the higher rate of £227.77 per week in England.
Who can get NHS-funded Nursing Care?
A person should be eligible for 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 are people assessed for NHS-funded Nursing Care?
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 loved one’s nursing needs should therefore have been assessed during the assessment for Continuing Healthcare.
If they are in a nursing home and you think he or she should qualify for the NHS-funded Nursing Care payments, speak to the manager.
Under some circumstances the NHS may fund care for someone with complex needs. Find out about the assessment process.
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