From £14,000 to £34,000, the cost of attending a private nursing home is rising at a faster rate than other public services, according to a new report.
The report, by the health think-tank Royal College of Nursing, said the private nursing homes in England had doubled in size since the early 2000s, from about 30,000 in 2001 to more than 60,000 now.
It found that while the average fee for a private home is £14.60 per week, the average cost per bed in a private unit is £10.45.
Private nursing homes were estimated to have made up between 14% and 17% of all nursing homes and home-care services in England in 2011-12, according the Royal College.
Nursing home fees have risen by £3bn since 2000, while fees for private care have increased by £2.6bn.
More than 1.2 million private nursing beds were registered in England between 2001 and 2011-22, the report said, but this figure is likely to be higher as the data is not fully comparable.
However, the study said there was a growing consensus among the public that a transition to a publicly-funded system would be a positive development for the NHS.
The Royal College’s report comes after the National Health Service announced it was looking at the future role of private nursing services. “
There is an increasing appetite for these services in the UK, particularly in the areas of nursing homes, home-support, care homes and other long-term care facilities.”
The Royal College’s report comes after the National Health Service announced it was looking at the future role of private nursing services.
There are currently four private nursing institutions in England. They are: Aged Care Care NHS Trust – £1,600 per week (in England) – £14 per week for those aged 65 and over (in Scotland) Bedwell Trust – a non-profit group which is run by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, which runs NHS trusts in England and Wales.
NHS Hospitals Trust – currently owned by NHS Enterprise Ltd, a private company which has also been asked to consider whether to take over the NHS Nursery Home Trust – run by a private partnership between two private nursing companies, Nursecare and CareRes, the two firms run by Aged Care.
Health Care Network – a consortium of private hospitals that runs NHS services in Wales and Northern Ireland.
Healthcare Network – owned by CareRes and runs care homes.
Mental Health Trust – owned and operated by CareHome, which has owned two nursing homes.
Hospital Care Trust – also owned by CAREHome and runs two nursing home care homes, Sustainable Care (a private company) and Stable Care hospital care (owned by the private sector).
Royal College of Registered Nursing has been involved in the planning and delivery of the National Nursing Strategy since the 1980s, and is now a co-chair of the strategy.