This letter, IMPORTANT – FOR ACTION – THIRD PHASE OF NHS RESPONSE TO COVID-19 published on 31 July 2020, focuses on the third phase (effective from 1/8/20) of the NHS response to COVID-19

The Government is continuing to provide funding to support timely and appropriate discharge from hospital inpatient care in line with forthcoming updated Hospital Discharge Service Requirements. From 1 September 2020, hospitals and community health and social care partners should fully embed the discharge to assess processes. New or extended health and care support will be funded for a period of up to six weeks, following discharge from hospital and during this period a comprehensive care and health assessment for any ongoing care needs, including determining funding eligibility, must now take place.

The fund can also be used to provide short term urgent care support for those who would otherwise have been admitted to hospital

Any patients discharged from hospital between 19 March 2020 and 31 August 2020, whose discharge support package has been paid for by the NHS, will need to be assessed and moved to core NHS, social care or self-funding arrangements.

CCGs must resume NHS Continuing Healthcare assessments from 1 September 2020.

A revised financial framework is expected for the latter part of 2020/21, once finalised with Government.

Supplementary material to support implementation

Five principles for the next phase of the Covid-19 response


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