Long COVID Support Fund

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 20th September 2021

Scottish Government announce £10 million Long COVID Support Fund to help health boards respond to the condition.

Earlier this month Humza Yousaf, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, announced £10 million would be allocated to a Long COVID Support Fund for NHS Boards to maximise and improve the co-ordination of a broad range of existing services across the health and social care system and third sector in response to the condition.

NHS Boards are responsible for delivering services to meet the needs of people with long term effects of COVID-19 in their areas. The Scottish Government’s 2021-2022 Budget takes the total health portfolio funding to in excess of £16 billion, with a further £1.08 billion of funding to address pressures related to COVID-19. This substantial additional investment has benefited a range of NHS services which are supporting the needs of people living with Long COVID.

Scottish Government are implementing framework for supporting people through recovery and rehabilitation during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, which puts in place clear principles, priorities and objectives to support planning to meet increasing demand and provide high quality person centred rehabilitation in different settings.

Humza Yousaf said of the announcement:

“We know that Long COVID can’t be handled with a one-size-fits-all approach. It can be complex and involve an array of diverse symptoms and combinations of those symptoms.

“The new Long COVID Support Fund will give our NHS Boards the flexibility to design and deliver the best care for those with Long COVID, tailored to the specific needs of their populations.”

To read the full announcement, visit Long COVID Support Fund (this link will take you away from our website).

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