To consider a report from the Executive Director – People (Deputy Chief Executive) (copy enclosed)
Cabinet Members considered a report from the Executive Director – People which sought approval to appoint providers, who had met or exceeded the minimum standards required, to the Extra Care Housing Care and Support Framework from August 2019.
Both the Commissioning Strategy and Extra Care Housing and Supported Living Strategy 2016-2025 recognise the importance of developing new Extra Care services to meet the future demands of Cumbria’s population. It was envisaged that a number of new Extra Care Housing developments would be required each year until at least 2025 to meet the expected growth in demand for this type of service.
The current provision and contracting arrangements for the care and support framework had been in place since November 2015 and the way in which it was established meant that the number of potential Care and Support providers was limited and no new providers were able to enter the Extra Care support market.
The Framework was for an initial period of 4 years, with the option to extend for two further periods of up to 12 months.
The Framework was an “Open” Framework, which was open to new admissions throughout the duration of the term, and any new organisations wishing to submit a bid could do so at any time, following evaluation. Future applications could also be accepted from bidders who were unsuccessful during the initial procurement exercise.
In order to expedite the appointment of future providers onto the Framework, Cabinet was recommended to delegate all future provider appointments to the Framework (for providers that meet the published tender criteria) to the Executive Director – People.
(1) Cabinet approve establishment of the framework and the appointment of the providers referenced in Appendix 1 of this report to the Extra Care Housing Care and Support Framework (the “New Framework”) from 01 August 2019. The Framework is for an initial period of 4 years, with the option to extend for two further periods of up to 12 months;
(2) Cabinet delegate all future provider appointments to the Framework (for providers that meet the published tender criteria) to the Executive Director – People.