Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
The Council is facing a rising cost of new
placements, which is driving up the average cost of placements. The
Council’s expenditure on older people’s care homes is
increasing by 5% annually for residential homes and 12% annually
for nursing homes.
The Council seeks to increase capacity through Council owned older people’s nursing homes to be operated by either Nexxus or an external provider.
“Supporting an increasing ageing population care is an issue for the whole country, but particularly impacts on larger counties like Staffordshire. We estimate that by 2039 there will be an extra 50,000 people aged 75 or over, and the cost of care for these people is soaring.
Putting ourselves in the care market and increasing nursing home capacity will mean we can offer good quality, cost-effective placements to meet the assessed eligible social care needs of people in Staffordshire. An initial investment of £1.2 million to refurbish the former Hillfield site, as well as a proposal to build two new nursing homes in the areas of highest demand, will see the county council developing high-care environments which maximises the use of advances in technology to support the needs of residents.
With the number of nursing homes decreasing in the county, and prices rising for existing placements, we have to ensure there are enough good-quality places available that meet demand and represent the best use of taxpayer’s money.
However, we have also been clear that there needs to be a national debate on how we manage and fund care as a country, to ensure we can keep giving care to those that need it.”
Alan White, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing
Reasons for the Decision – To consider proposals to seek to increase nursing home capacity through Council owned nursing homes for older people to be operated either by a Local Authority Trading Company or an external care provider.
Decision – (a) That the principle of Council owned older people’s nursing homes to be operated either by an external care provider or a Council owned Local Authority Trading Company, that will provide additional nursing home beds in Staffordshire, be agreed.
(b) That authority be delegated to the Director of Health and Care, in consultation with the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Well-being, to award a contract to provide the service through an appropriate procurement process to an external care provider or to a Council owned Local Authority Trading Company.
(c) That works be Commenced on the Hillfield site in Burton Upon Trent to allow mobilisation of the first 38 nursing home beds by 2020/21 and a capital allocation of £1m up to a maximum of £1.2m be approved.
(d) That a Business Case be developed to build two new nursing homes with around an additional 120 beds by 2023/24, either as stand-alone homes or as part of ‘campus style’ developments with NHS facilities, and be presented to Cabinet in September 2019.
(e) That the development of a business case and exploration of sites to build further nursing home capacity, either as stand-alone care homes or as part of ‘campus style’ developments with NHS facilities, be endorsed.
Report author: Victoria Cotton
Publication date: 20/06/2019
Date of decision: 19/06/2019
Decided at meeting: 19/06/2019 - Cabinet
Effective from: 26/06/2019