The funding aims to support recruitment, maximise service capacity, and increase pay for social care staff.
The Scottish Government have announced a package of £300 million in additional funding for health and social care this winter (this link will take you away from our website). This comes in anticipation of significant pressure on services due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to aiming to recruit 1,000 additional NHS staff, the priorities for funding include:
- £40 million in “step-down” care, allowing hospital patients to be temporarily placed in a care home or receive more support at home
- £60 million to increase capacity of care at home services
- £20 million to enhance multi-disciplinary teams, to enable more assessments and to promote joint working between health and social care
- £28 million of additional funding for primary care
- £4.5 million to attract at least 200 registered nurses from outwith Scotland
- £4 million to support staff wellbeing
The package also provides targeted funds of £48mn to increase the pay of social care workers to a minimum of £10.02 per hour. This would bring pay in line with band 2 pay for new NHS workers.