Plans for new home care contracts in Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire County Council.

Lincolnshire County Council.

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Lincolnshire County Council is planning to establish new contracts to deliver better home care and community supported living services within the county.

The council says that the new model will be more reactive for all those who access the services which, legally, must be subject to competition.

Pete Sidgwick, chief commissioning officer for adult care, said: “This will mean a more flexible and efficient way of procuring services. We have taken some considerable time to develop a new offer for home care contracts, engaging with market providers. Our aim is to ensure people continue to receive the services they need, at a price that is fair to providers and affordable for the council.

“We will be working hard to keep disruption to a minimum. If you receive care at home, the range and type of care will not change. However, some people may see a change in the person or organisation that delivers the services.

“In the procurement process we are looking for contractors to deliver care to a particular geographical area. We believe that this will help the market to meet the rising demand.”

Justin Hackney, joint commissioning officer for learning disability, said: “The proposed model for services to people with learning disabilities will be delivered through an approved list of providers which will give flexibility and a continuity of care for those who use these services.

“In addition to adult care, the procurement process will seek to award a contract for home care for children. This model of delivery may result in a change of provider for children and young people, but families can be assured that they will continue to receive a service which provides them with the quality of care they require.”

The plans will be scrutinised by councillors on February 25, and a decision is due by the executive councillor for adult care on February 27.

If the plans are approved then the procurement process will begin in March and new contracts will be awarded in the summer.