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Infection Control and Testing Fund for Adult Social Care Providers

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about many challenges for the social care sector, including additional costs as a result of increased infection control requirements and lateral flow testing.

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Therefore, we would like to invite all organisations within the care sector, including community and voluntary organisations supporting people across Hull’s communities, who have incurred additional costs in relation to infection prevention and control or lateral flow testing to submit a request for funding from the new Adult Social Care Infection Control and Testing Fund (discretionary element).

You can read more about the grant conditions (link opens in a new window)

This Adult Social Care Infection Control and Testing Fund brings together the Infection Control Fund and the Rapid Testing Fund which were previously successful in supporting care providers to reduce COVID-19 transmission and re-enabling close contact visiting.

This is a new grant, with separate conditions to the original Infection Control Fund, the extension to the Infection Control Fund and the original Rapid Testing Fund, and covers only expenditure incurred between 1 April 2021 and 30 June 2021.

The purpose of this fund is to support adult social care providers to:

  1. reduce the rate of COVID-19 transmission within and between care settings through effective infection prevention and control practices and increase uptake of staff vaccination
  1. conduct additional rapid testing of staff and visitors in care homes, high-risk supported living and extra care settings, to enable close contact visiting where possible

Read more about the grant conditions (link opens in a new window)

It is important that we support as many organisations as possible to access this discretionary funding to support with infection prevention and control and lateral flow testing.

If you are an organisation that has incurred additional expenditure in line with the conditions of this grant, such as increased infection control costs, or if you have ideas about how to improve infection prevention and control within your organisation, but require additional funding to do this, we invite you to submit a request for funding from this discretionary fund.

To apply

Please email adultsocialcarecovid19@hullcc.gov.uk providing details of costs incurred or the costs of your planned work and we will consider your request.

Please note that this grant only covers expenditure incurred between 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021, and so any funding received must be spent within this period.

If you have any questions or would like further information please email adultsocialcarecovid19@hullcc.gov.uk

*Disclaimer
The conditions of the grant require local authorities to pass on:

  • 70% of the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) allocation to care homes on a ‘per beds’ basis, and CQC-regulated community care providers on a ‘per user’ basis; and
  • 60% of the rapid testing allocation to care homes on a ‘per beds’ basis

within the local authority’s geographical area, including to social care providers with whom the local authority does not have existing contracts.

However, the local authority has discretion to use the remaining 30% of the IPC allocation, and 40% of the rapid testing allocation to provide further support to the care sector, as outlined in Annex C of the grant conditions.

You can read more about the grant conditions (link opens in a new window)