At the end of last week, Sheffield City Council wrote to all care homes thanking them for their ‘continued determination and hard work’ during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The council is asking care homes to provide information and complete paperwork which is being asked for by central government. This is to make sure that all care homes prove they meet the government conditions for receiving financial support.
The letter last week outlined the need for care homes to complete a spreadsheet by Friday this week setting out how they expect to spend the government Infection Protection Control (IPC) grant from 13 May to 23 September this year.
Care homes can spend their IPC grant on the staffing related costs of the important work they are doing to prevent infection.
In the letter, care homes were also reminded to continue to update the ‘government tracker’ which is a government requirement of the grant. Early guidance from the government was that this needed to be updated daily. We have, however, agreed locally to minimise the burden on providers and therefore the letter on Friday confirmed that the ‘government tracker’ must be updated on a weekly basis and only more often if changes occur.
George Lindars-Hammond, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care at Sheffield City Council said: “We know that care homes are under a lot of pressure and that there is, and will continue to be, more form-filling in order to receive funding to help them through COVID-19.
“We will be regularly releasing information in short statements at www.sheffieldnewsroom.co.uk as an open reassurance to residents, their families, those who work in care homes, so that they know that the council is working as quickly as possible to administer government funding, in the right way, to the right homes. Most care homes are working with us at pace on this now. I would reiterate that we are just a phone call or email away – if care homes have any questions or queries, please just get in touch and we’ll help.”