Funded Nursing Care (FNC) or Registered Nursing Care Contribution (RNCC)
FNC and RNCC are the same thing. It’s a weekly payment made by the NHS to cover nursing care from a Registered Nurse.
FNC is only provided if you need nursing care – and if you’re in a care home that can provide nursing care.
Remember: RNCC and FNC are not the same as NHS Continuing Healthcare.
England 2015-2016: £112.00 per week for people assessed after 1st October 2007. £154.14 per week for people assesed prior to 1st October 2007 and who had been receiving the high rate FNC band at that time. (There used to be three bands, but now there’s just one.)
Wales: £120.55 per week (2015-16 rate to be confirmed)
Northern Ireland: £100 per week (2015-16 rate to be confirmed)
Scotland: £75 per week (FNC) plus £166 per week Personal Care Allowance = total £241. The Personal Care Allowance is also paid if you’re receiving care at home. However, if you receive Attendance Allowance, the total FNC will be less. (2015-16 rates to be confirmed)
How is it paid?
FNC is paid directly to the care home and it aims to ‘reimburse’ the care home for any registered nursing care they’re giving you.
If you’re paying for your own care, and your fees are calculated to include all nursing care, your care fees should reduce once the NHS starts paying FNC. However, many people see no difference at all, even though the care home is obliged to show how FNC reduces the care fees. It’s always worth questioning this with the care home and, if necessary, with the Continuing Care Department at your local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – formerly the Primary Care Trust (PCT). (In Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland this would be at your local Health Board, Health Care Cooperative or Health and Social Care Group.)
When is it paid?
Your eligibility for RNCC is decided when you first go into a care home and you are assessed for free NHS Continuing Healthcare by means of an NHS assessment. You should be assessed for NHS Continuing Healthcare first. Only after that should you be assessed for FNC – not the other way round.
FNC is not paid if you have to go into hospital. (You may still have to pay for your care home place during this time though.)
Tax and benefits
FNC is a tax-free benefit and is not means-tested. It can also be withdrawn if the NHS decides you no longer need it.
FNC does not affect your entitlement to Attendance Allowance, however it’s always best to double check your payments as it has been known for government employees to confuse FNC with NHS Continuing Healthcare and, as a result, stop paying Attendance Allowance.