During yesterday's Government update, Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock announced that NHS and social care workers who have tragically died "in the course of their essential frontline work" from COVID-19 could get a lump sum payment of up to £60,000.

It is our understanding that the insurance scheme (the "Scheme") will also cover individuals that have agreed to temporarily return to care services or the NHS, and that individuals from overseas (even if they have not joined the NHS Pension Scheme) will be able to access the Scheme.

There has been a lot of dialogue around the Government doing more for NHS and social care workers, especially when we understand that 83 NHS and 16 care workers have unfortunately died from COVID-19 to date, whilst heroically carrying out their duties for others. 

The Government also confirmed that they were looking at other professionals that also work on the frontline, to establish where further assistance may be needed.

Details of the Scheme have not yet been confirmed. 

However, the brief initial information provided by the Department of Health and Social Care indicates that the following will be covered:

For the NHS and public health, frontline staff employed by:

  • Statutory NHS bodies: Trusts, Special Health Authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups and NHS England/Improvement
  • GP and dental practices (including GP or dental contractors and GP locums)
  • Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) arm’s length bodies, including Public Health England
  • Wider non-NHS organisations who provide NHS-funded services and functions including commissioned services and outsourced services
  • Organisations delivering public health grant funded services.

For adult and children’s social care: all employees of local authorities, care home providers for children and adults, domiciliary care home providers and directly employed carers including personal assistants where some of the funding is public for the care of the service users.