Care England has welcomed the letter from Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, to health bodies regarding the second phase of the NHS response to Corona virus with reference to the enhanced support for care homes.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:
“The additional recognition and support for care homes is welcome and at last shows a better understanding from Government and its plethora of statutory bodies about the role of care homes”.
Simon Stevens’ letter states that a package of support for care homes will be brought forward drawing on the Enhanced Care in Care Homes service including a weekly virtual care home round of residents needing clinical support. In addition the letter notes next steps for the NHS in relation to mental health and learning disability/autism services including that annual checks for people with a learning disability should still be completed.
Martin Green continues:
“Bringing forward the package is sensible and recognises the central role that care homes and their staff play whilst working in partnership with GPs to ensure that they can access the best care and support possible for residents”.