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A Call to Action to meet the workforce needs to support delivery of the NHS CHC deferred  assessments.

NHS Continuing Healthcare assessments were paused during the Covid-19 emergency period. This resulted in outstanding NHS CHC deferred assessments between 19 March 2020 and 31 August 2020. CCGs resumed NHS Continuing Healthcare assessments on 1 September 2020.

To support the recovery and restoration, HM Treasury agreed funding of up to £50m from the COVID-19 Hospital Discharge 19 March scheme to deliver the NHS CHC deferred assessments. This joint health and social care allocation is set out in the letter, CO738 NHS Continuing Healthcare Deferred Assessments – Workforce Programme and Financial Resourcing.

This letter sets out the requirement for CCGs and Local Authorities to develop a joint workforce plan to deliver the NHS CHC deferred assessments. To inform the effective delivery of the NHS CHC deferred assessments, CCGs and Local Authorities are advised to register, train and support all the additional health and social care workforce who are funded through the COVID-19 Hospital Discharge 19 March scheme.

Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit (MLCSU) are working with NHS England and NHS Improvement to enable registration and access to workforce development information. MLCSU will report to NHS England and NHS Improvement on the workforce numbers registered, including:

  • workforce training numbers by organisation;
  • training accessed by type (national/ local);
  • and, anonymous feedback on the process including, experience of working in NHS CHC to inform improvements and training evaluation.

To access the MLCSU database to register your Health & Social Care new starters, bank staff, agency staff and those existing staff who are completing additional hours those who are on secondment and are funded through and supporting the COVID-19 Hospital Discharge 19 March scheme please click here.

This webpage provides access to the following three products which are an offer to health and social care systems to support the effective delivery of the NHS CHC deferred assessments.

  1. NHS CHC Restoration and Recovery Workforce Approach and Support Offer detailing a grab guide which includes, considerations for improving workforce supply; access to NHS CHC development and how to register additional workforce.
  2. NHS CHC Restoration and Recovery Workforce Development Programme offer to develop the additional health and social care workforce. Working with Health Education England (e-Learning for healthcare) to offer a quality national development programme designed for all health and social care workforce.

The NHS CHC Workforce Development Programme is accessible to existing NHS CHC workforce and those who will be joining the service through the funding scheme. It provides a platform to access refresher training, along with additional modules relevant to new and different ways of working which have arisen due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as training on virtual assessments.

  1. NHS CHC Restoration and Recovery Workforce Recruitment Pack offer for CCGs containing NHS JDs (admin and clinical assessors); flyer and interview prompts.