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NHS-funded nursing care is care provided by a registered nurse for people who live in a care home. The NHS will pay a flat rate contribution directly to the care home towards the cost of this registered nursing care.

NHS funded nursing care is available in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

The person you care for may be able to get NHS-funded nursing care if they are in a care home (or nursing home) and need nursing care. They will be assessed to see if they can claim NHS Continuing Healthcare first. They don’t need to make a separate claim.

NHS-funded nursing care is paid directly to the care home where the person you care for is getting nursing – it covers the cost of the nursing only. 

The person you care for may stop getting NHS-funded nursing care if the NHS decides that they no longer need it.

For further information about NHS funded nursing care see:

Nursing care in Scotland

In Scotland, the local council can provide a flat rate payment for the personal and nursing care part of  care home fees if the person you care for is eligible. See personal and nursing care in care homes on Care Information Scotland

Next update due: March 2019