Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
The Council previously presented to Cabinet
the recommendation to build Council owned care homes with a
commissioned provider to deliver the care. The purpose of the care
homes was to increase affordable nursing care capacity for older
people in our communities who can no longer live independently at
home. This cabinet item is to re-visit these recommendations
following the impact of the pandemic on the Staffordshire care home
market. The item will evaluate the initial recommendations and
conclude with a recommendation on whether to or not proceed with
the build of Council owned care homes.
“We are committed to ensuring that there is a supply of good quality nursing care which meets the future needs of the population, at an affordable price.
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the county. Added to this, proposed government social care reforms will have a significant impact on the care home market. It is therefore only right we look again at our plans for nursing care in Staffordshire and ensure these are taken into account.
By taking some extra time to review our plans, speak to residents and those directly involved in nursing care, we can ensure our plans are fit for the future.”
Julia Jessel, Cabinet Member for Health and Care
Reasons for the Decision – To review the need for extra nursing home capacity in Staffordshire as well as the potential location of homes.
Decision – (a) That officers be requested to re-evaluate the recommendation to develop two Council owned care homes, with nursing, taking into account the quality and sustainability of the current market in Staffordshire.
(b) That officers be requested to present a Business Case for Council owned care homes, with nursing, to Cabinet once the outcome of this work is confirmed.
Report author: Victoria Cotton
Publication date: 17/02/2022
Date of decision: 16/02/2022
Decided at meeting: 16/02/2022 - Cabinet
Effective from: 23/02/2022