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  • New Scot Gov winter investment for health and care

    Created: 06/10/2021

    A substantial new investment of over £300 million in hospital and community care has been unveiled to help tackle what is anticipated to be the toughest winter the NHS and social care system has ever faced.

    The new multi-year funding will support a range of measures to maximise capacity in our hospitals and primary care, reduce delayed discharges, improve pay for social care staff, and ensure those in the community who need support receive effective and responsive care.

    The NHS and Care Winter Package of additional funding includes:

    • Recruiting 1,000 additional NHS staff to support multi-disciplinary working
    • £40 million for ‘step-down’ care to enable hospital patients to temporarily enter care homes, or receive additional care at home support, with no financial cost to the individual or their family
    • Over £60 million to maximise the capacity of care at home services
    • Up to £48 million will be made available to increase the hourly rate of social care staff to match new NHS band 2 staff
    • £20 million to enhance Multi-Disciplinary Teams, enable more social work assessments to be carried out and support joint working between health and social care
    • £28 million of additional funding to support primary care
    • £4.5 million available to Health Boards to attract at least 200 registered nurses from outwith Scotland by March 2022
    • £4 million to help staff with their practical and emotional needs, including pastoral care and other measures to aid rest and recuperation


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