Care England launches investigation into council commissioning practices  

Professor Martin Green.

Care England has initiated 152 Freedom of Information requests to councils to gather date on commissioning activity in 2018/19.

The move is part of an investigation into how councils are responding to the challenges and opportunities of supporting a sustainable local care market.

Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England said: “Care England is keen to work with commissioners and other stakeholders using an evidence based approach. Real lasting change must be driven by understanding what works and what can be improved, and Care England’s spreadsheet is a step forward towards a more rounded mature conversation and joint working.”

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Data is being collected on council fees for residential, nursing and supported living care, as well as use of resources and placement activity for older people and learning disability care.

The data is to be combined with information on quality ratings, projections on bed numbers and staffing, as well as analysis of council’s spending plans.

It will be used to help commissioners and providers recognise common issues of concern and look at ways of taking a more holistic view of action that support a dynamic, sustainable market.

Care England expressed its concern earlier this week after Hammersmith & Fulham and Hillingdon councils’ failure to take up the social care precept (see Care England by failure to take up social care precept).

The representative body has also expressed its dismay at the failure of many local authorities to make new fee offers to care home providers for the current financial year (see Care England calls for LAs to get to grips with fee offers).

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