Last reviewed 17 May 2022

The Government has announced that the rate paid to care homes for NHS-funded nursing care has risen by 11.5% for 2022 to 2023, with providers offered a retrospective uplift for nursing care during the pandemic in 2021 to 2022.

The announcement confirmed that the standard weekly rate per person provided for NHS-funded nursing care has increased from £187.60 to £209.19 for 2022 to 2023 and will be backdated to 1 April 2022. The historic higher band payment for 2022 to 2023 will also rise to £287.78 per week.

Additionally, in recognition of the extra time and work provided by nurses in care homes during the pandemic, a retrospective uplift on the 2021 to 2022 rate has also been applied, providing an estimated additional £87 million to the sector. The retrospective uplift will provide additional payments of £21.93 per resident per week for 2021 to 2022.

Care England Chief Executive Martin Green said: “We are pleased that the Government has delivered an 11% increase in this funding." He also said the uplift sets a precedent for local authorities to follow in uplifting their fees for local care providers to increase the future sustainability of the sector.

Independent Care Group Chair Mike Padgham welcomed the recognition for nurses working in care settings. He added: “It paves the way for care providers to be better able to recognise the hard work our nurses do. The Government has acknowledged the extra mile nurses have gone during the pandemic.”

However, he warned that the announcement was "only a first step and we must keep up the pressure for complete root and branch funding reform of social care so that we can properly recognise, respect and reward not only nursing staff but all care staff working in social care settings.”

The announcement is available at GOV.UK.