£588 million pounds to help people return home from hospital in UK
From 1 September, the NHS will be able to access the funding in order to provide up to 6 weeks of additional support so people can receive ongoing help with their recovery and rehabilitation after they leave hospital.
This could include support in their home or access to services such as physiotherapy.
NHS Continuing Healthcare (NHS CHC) assessments will also restart from September ensuring those with complex health needs can continue to access the care they need for free.
Most people will be discharged back to their homes.
However, it is anticipated that a very small proportion will need, and benefit from, short or long-term residential, nursing home or hospice care.
It remains the case that no one should be discharged from hospital directly to a care home without the involvement of the local authority, and that all patients are required to be tested prior to discharge to a care home.
No care home should be forced to admit an existing or new resident who has tested positive for coronavirus if the home would be unable to cope with the impact of their illness. ■