New research to help determine a “fair” rate for NHS-funded nursing home care will get under way next month, it has been announced.
The project will include a survey of all nursing homes in England to gather data on staffing costs and care needs, said healthcare market analysts LaingBuisson, who will undertake the work.
“We are pleased to be working with the Department of Health and Social care on this vital piece of work”
The company revealed it would look at a number of factors in coming up with a “fair” calculation for 2018-19, having been awarded the contract to review the NHS-Funded Nursing Care rate in England by the Department for Health and Social Care.
These include the cost to nursing homes of providing registered nursing staff per resident per week.
The company said it would also look at the proportion of nursing care provided by registered nursing staff that should be included in the rate by law, and the share of nursing home residents who qualify.
The project will include a survey of all nursing homes in England, which will get under way next month.
There will also be a more detailed survey aimed at a 10% sample of nursing homes.
LaingBuisson hoped greater use of technology would help make collecting key information quicker and easier and ensure a “robust dataset”.
“The survey will be supported by online forms and a mobile app which we believe will offer a more reliable way of collecting and collating data from the survey than traditional methods,” said the firm.
William Laing, data director at LaingBuisson, said the project would help the government make key decisions about funding.
“We are pleased to be working with the Department of Health and Social care on this vital piece of work,” he said.
“As close market observers over the past 30 years, we recognise the importance of this work in enabling the department to make evidence-based decisions to set a fair FNC rate which is key to ensuring many people in nursing homes receive the care they need,” he added.