Hertfordshire County Council and the county’s two NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have agreed to fund bonus payments for frontline health and social care workers.
The bonus will be paid to care staff who remain in service until the end of February 2022, and will be worth up to £400 for individual front line care workers.
The £7.8 million investment will be part-funded with £2.8million from the government’s Adult Care Services Workforce and Recruitment Grant.
The other £5 million required to support the scheme will be drawn from joint Hertfordshire County Council and NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups funds, which are designed to help reduce pressure on the county’s health and social care system.
The news follows the pledge from Stoke-on-Trent City Council to offer loyalty bonuses to home care workers in the region.
Cllr Richard Roberts, leader of Hertfordshire County Council, said: “We are so grateful to care workers who have done such incredible work throughout a really challenging time. Without them the whole health and social care system could not function, so we want to show our appreciation and make sure they are rewarded for their continued dedication and effort.
“They have played a vital role during the pandemic, and we know there will be a tough winter to come. We hope that this bonus will make sure they know they are valued.”
Camille Leavold, managing director and co-founder of Abbots Care, which runs a home care service in Hertfordshire, said: “Our highly skilled staff work incredibly hard, 365 days of the year. As well as the challenges COVID-19 has presented, winter will bring additional pressure to those working in social care to keep residents in need of care and support well.
“We’re delighted that the public sector in Hertfordshire is acknowledging the part we play with this funding, not just in response to the pandemic, but in keeping the wider health service running smoothly. These bonus payments will make a real difference to people working in the sector and support providers with recruitment.”