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9.1 Direction and Possible Business Opportunities

  • 2016 externalisation of South Gloucestershire Shared Lives Scheme via competitive tendering process during June – July 2016 with a new service operational from 1 January 2017.
  • A Supported Living service for people with learning difficulties will be commissioned in the Autumn of 2017 for a new, purpose built housing scheme.
  • There is a growing role for Homecare providers in meeting an increasing self-funding demand, where customers require a wide-range of care/ support around the home. This includes non-Care Act eligible customers. Providers are encouraged to market their services using wellaware.org.uk
  • With the increased use of personal budgets and Direct Payments there is an opportunity for the Personal Assistant market to grow to meet demand.
  • We will review the effectiveness of the Recognised Provider List of Direct Payment Support Providers, to ensure that the process for selecting a quality provider is straightforward for service users and carers
  • We will be re-commissioning Community Based Support services (home care and community based support) during 2016/2017 through a competitive tendering process to provide services in a number of GP cluster areas.
  • The externally provided reablement service will be re-commissioned during 2017 and may be aligned to the Community Based Support re-commissioning process. Alongside this we will continue to work with the domiciliary care market to embed the reablement approach.
  • South Gloucestershire is keen to explore opportunities to support the development of micro enterprises and other alternative approaches to meeting individual needs, particularly within communities where more traditional support is hard to arrange.
  • We will be introducing quality assurance processes during to ensure that Homecare services are of the right quality, with a particular emphasis on involving people who use services in monitoring quality.
  • The Council continues to encourage and support the provision of Changing Places facilities across South Gloucestershire.
  • Working with Avon & Somerset Police the Council intends to relaunch the current Safe Haven’ scheme as ‘Safer Places’ engaging with shops, businesses and community buildings, expanding from Learning Disabilities to cover other vulnerable groups.
  • There will be further opportunities within the new framework or possibly through a separate tender process post 2017 as the Department reviews how it meets its duty to provide care and support service within the prisons population.