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12.2 Direction and Possible Business Opportunities

  • South Gloucestershire remains committed to Residential and Nursing Care where this is the most suitable option, for example where customers have a need for specialist support, such as dementia care and end of life care.
  • In line with our way of working residential and nursing care homes will be encouraged to adopt a reablement / rehabilitation approach, seeking to promote a culture where individuals are supported to retain and regain independent living skills.
  • Interested suitable organisations will be able to bid for the retendering of the Community Rehabilitation/Reablement beds service during 2016/17 will be advertised on the South West Contracts Portal.
  • There is likely to remain a particular demand appropriate residential and nursing care for people affected by dementia.
  • The Council will seek to review and where appropriate identify suitable alternative provision for existing high cost mental health and learning difficulties placements along with revising procedures for future placements.
  • There are some areas within South Gloucestershire with limited capacity to meet the demand for residential and nursing care, particularly along Severnside and the Thornbury area.
  • Proposals to develop a health complex on the Thornbury hospitals site will include the development of a new independently provided nursing home including a number of NHS-funded beds. These beds would be free to patients and provide high-quality nursing care, allowing patients to be cared for close to their homes for short periods and avoid being admitted to an acute hospital.
  • Development plans for the Frenchay hospital site include the provision of affordable rehabilitation beds and units of ExtraCare Housing.
  • All Care Homes in South Gloucestershire are encouraged to participate in and engage with the Care Home Partnership project.
  • South Gloucestershire will be exploring the potential for outcomes-linked models such as shared risks and payments linked to achieving outcomes to stimulate improvements in quality, person centred care and embed a culture of reablement/rehabilitation.
  • Suppliers Opportunities will develop post 2016 for people in care homes to have access to Direct Payments.