EXCLUSIVE: Avery calls for greater nursing support

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Avery Healthcare managing director has called for more support to make nursing care viable for care home operators.

Avery Healthcare managing director John Strowbridge told Care Home Professional that higher costs had forced the business to reduce its nursing care by a fifth.

Mr Strowbridge said: “We have probably dropped about 20% of our nursing beds across our 3,000 beds. That’s quite substantial. We are currently assessing if we freeze at that point or where we go from there.”

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The NHS contribution towards care home nursing was increased from £112 to £156 this year, however, Avery’s managing director said this was roughly half of what good quality nursing care costs.

Mr Strowbridge called on the Government to “substantially” increase nursing compensation in order to make it worthwhile for care home operators to offer it as an additional part of their service.

The Avery boss said he was awaiting to see what the third review of nursing care at the end of the year delivers.

He added that implementation of the Care Act in 2020 would be crucial to the level of Avery’s future nursing provision.

The Midlands based operator currently provides residential and nursing care at homes across England from Eastbourne to Sunderland.

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