Over £9 million is to be injected into Bristol’s adult social care over the next three months to meet the increased demand placed on the service as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
In March 2020, Bristol City Council received just over £13 million from central government to help with the cost of the financial fallout from the current coronavirus crisis.
Councillor Helen Holland said: “This is crucial funding that will enable Bristol City Council to go some way to alleviate the pressure on vital frontline services that are providing care to some of the city’s most vulnerable people during this time of crisis.
“We are working extremely closely with our local NHS and voluntary and community sector, who are also providing extra hospital discharge capacity back into our community.”
The council has prioritised working with the voluntary sector to ensure front line social care services are protected and workforce capacity is maintained as sickness absence inevitably increases.
This includes funding key third sector organisations to support volunteers and protect existing capacity.
The additional funding will support:
- In partnership with NHS: funding the facilitation of rapid discharge from hospital within 1 hour when someone is medically fit for discharge, and resettling at home or in an appropriate care setting
- Providing cover for frontline staff, including bringing in agency staff on an increased hourly wage if needed
- Working closely with the independent sector including nursing homes and home support to ensure they have the capacity and resilience to deal with the extra pressures over the coming months
- £750,000 of extra resources to some key organisations to support volunteers and existing capacity, to ensure people return home safely and well and are in receipt of appropriate care.