Nursing charge rates

The following PI & Clinical Negligence practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Nursing charge rates

Nursing charge rates

The information in this Practice Note is obtained from Butterworths Personal Injury Litigation Service (BPILS), which states in the introduction to nursing rates:

‘These are supplied for the purpose of calculating the cost of professional care or, more particularly in the case of services typically provided by care workers or home carers, the value of relatives' or friends' care.

The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) provides up-to-date but less than comprehensive figures for pay for nurses, senior care workers and care workers/home carers. They have the advantage of including regional as well as national figures. These figures are both sound and simple and provide a proper basis to allow the practitioner to calculate in broad terms the cost of obtaining private nursing care or home care or, alternatively, the value of care provided gratuitously. Where a more detailed calculation is needed, and where the care claim is contentious, then expert evidence is likely to be needed in any event.

The ASHE provisional figures are usually published in October of each year with the final figures published the following November. On 3 November 2020, the ONS produced the provisional figures for the year to 5 April 2020 while in the same release producing the final figures for year to 5 April 2019. Those figures are provided here.

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