Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
The Cabinet Member:
1. Authorised contract extension to the corporate frameworks for the provision of social care roles to the following agency worker providers:
Lot 1: Social Care Specialists
Kent County Trading Limited (Trading As Connect2Staff)
Sanctuary Personnel Limited
HCL Social Care Limited
Eden Brown Limited (Trading As Eden Brown Synergy)
Badenoch and Clark
iPeople Solutions Limited
Lot 2: Children’s Residential Workers
BS Social Care
Lot 3 Social Care Specialists and Children’s Residential Workers
Cardea Resourcing Limited
Caritas Recruitment Limited
Service Care Solutions Limited
Medacs Healthcare Plc
The extension shall be for a period up to 31 March 2021 at a cost of approximately £320,000 per month.
2. Authorised contract extension to Reed via call-off from MSTAR framework for the provision of all non-social care agency roles. The contract extension shall be for a period up to 31 March 2021 at a cost of approximately £110,000 per month.
Whilst the Council’s annual spend on temporary agency workers, both social care and non-social care has reduced since 2016, there is still a requirement for provision of a temporary agency worker solution within both social care and non-social care roles. Due to a number of factors, including the Council’s reduced spend on temporary agency workers, and increased shared working with Cambridgeshire County Council, the Council has been exploring the most effective way of supplying agency workers to the Council in the long term. In the interim, the most effective solution is to extend those frameworks and call-off contracts to ensure continuity of service provision whilst the long term solution is procured and mobilised.
Alternative options included consideration of an open procurement, OPUS People Solutions and ESPO MyStar3 Framework. Whilst these options are viable long term options they were dismissed as a short term solution. The Council will continue to explore all long term viable options to ensure a compliant, robust, efficient and cost effective model is in place with effect from 1 April 2021, that is suitable for the future requirements of the Council.
To do nothing was not an option in this case.
Publication date: 12/02/2021
Date of decision: 12/02/2021
Effective from: 18/02/2021