Decision Maker: Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Health & Public Health
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
The Cabinet Member approved the extension of contracts with Peterborough Care Limited, Fins Care, Barchester Healthcare, Cross Keys Homes and Longhurst Group for the 4 Interim, 2 Respite and 10 Reablement Block Beds in Peterborough from 31/03/2021 until 26/11/2021 in order to allow the design of a new care pathway. The cost of this extension will be £183,920.
The extension of these beds until 26/11/2021 will maintain current provision during the development of a new care pathway.
The beds are due to expire on 31/03/2021. The alternative option of not extending the contract has been considered. However, some form of short term provision would still be needed, and without block beds the Local Authority would have to purchase this provision on a spot basis which may cost more than an extension would. Data modelling shows that these beds will be needed to meet the current Discharge to Assess requirements set by the Government.
If contracts were allowed to expire at the end of March 2021 it would likely lead to:
· People remaining in hospital when they should be discharged, contributing to pressure on NHS capacity
· Fewer people being ‘re-abled’ to return home to independent living, increasing the numbers entering long term bed-based care
· A shortage of beds to support the respite needs of carers, placing additional stress upon carers
Publication date: 21/01/2021
Date of decision: 21/01/2021
Effective from: 27/01/2021