Warwickshire County Council Cabinet approves new supported living service tender arrangements

Warwickshire County Council’s Cabinet has approved new tender arrangements for its supported living services.

Since 2014 Warwickshire County Council has operated a framework agreement to commission outcome based supported living services for people with a learning disability and/or autism.

There are over 40 providers on the framework and individual packages of care are referred using a personalised commissioning process, tailoring care to need.

As part of the work taking place to re-commission domiciliary care services, jointly with health, it has become clear that there is a need for a joint contractual arrangement for supported living for all customers.

Cabinet approved a single tender process that makes a clear distinction between domiciliary care (home care) services and supported living services with the current arrangements for supported living for people with a learning disability and/or autism incorporated as part of this.

The benefits of one tender incorporating the two commissioning models of domiciliary care and supporting living services will include:

Improved integrated commissioning across health and social care

Ensuring greater clarity for all stakeholders

Ensuring consistency and a focus on outcomes for all customer groups.

Cllr Jose Compton, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care, said: “We are very happy to announce the new tender arrangements for Warwickshire’s supported living services.

“Supported Living is a fantastic, totally person-centred way of meeting people’s care and support needs and plays a big part in Warwickshire’s commitment to ensure communities and individuals are safe, protected from harm and are able to remain independent for longer.”

Cllr Maggie O’Rourke, Chair of the Adult Social Care and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee, added: “Moving to these new arrangements will ensure transparency, consistency and equality in Warwickshire’s approach to commissioning supported living, and our service offer, for all customers eligible for support under the Care Act 2014 and health eligibility criteria, this can only be a good thing.”

Find out more about Supported Living on the Warwickshire website: http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/supportedliving