A report from the Executive Director of Health, Housing and Adult Social Care will be circulated as soon as possible. (Report No.70, agenda part two also refers). (Key decision – reference number 4555)
(8.45 – 8.50 pm)
Councillor Alev Cazimoglu (Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care) introduced the report of the Executive Director of Health, Housing and Adult Social Care (No.67) regarding the commissioning of new prevention and early intervention contracts.
1. That Report No.70 also referred as detailed in Minute No.20 below.
2. The significant work which had been undertaken to deliver the best possible early intervention support for Enfield residents in partnership with the voluntary sector. Members noted the real pressures on Council resources and the need to deliver good early intervention support to help a growing number of people to maintain their health, wellbeing and independence for longer. The voluntary sector had a key role to play in that. The Council had worked with its partners in the voluntary sector throughout the process to co-produce a set of priorities and a service model which reflected the needs of local people. There had been a focus on:
· More support for carers
· True independent living
· Improved health and wellbeing
· Giving more vulnerable people a voice that is heard
· Recovering from illness with safe and appropriate hospital discharges
· The availability of good, accessible information
· With all of the above underpinned by a focus on reducing social isolation for the Borough’s more vulnerable residents
3. It had been inevitable that some organisations had been unsuccessful in bidding for these contracts. For some smaller voluntary sector organisations the Council funding represented their sole source of funding and without it, would find it difficult to continue. Therefore, the Council would be working with these organisations to provide some additional practical and financial support. This would mean continued funding at the same level as was currently provided whilst providing immediate and targeted support from the Council, EVA (Enfield Voluntary Action) and other specialist organisations where needed. This support would provide training, develop new and more sustainable business models and a focus on innovation.
4. That the new models of support would encourage collaborative working, new ways of thinking, sharing of information and good practice. The new contracts would provide funding for up to 7 years, as detailed in the report, subject to satisfactory performance.
5. Councillor Cazimoglu commended the report to the Cabinet and expressed her appreciation to all who had been involved in the process. Particular thanks were expressed to Doug Wilson, Head of Strategy and Service Development, and his team.
6. Councillor Yasemin Brett welcomed the report and the support that would continue to be provided, as set out in the report.
7. In the light of a discussion of the part two report (Minute No.20 below referred), it was noted that the extension of the contracts would be dependent on them still meeting needs of the Borough’s residents and the Council’s objectives.
Alternative Options Considered: NOTED, that there had been three options available to the Health, Housing and Adult Social Care Service Development Stream: 1. To continue to fund existing contracts with a percentage reduction across all organisations to provide the £500,000 saving; 2. Tender a ... view the full minutes text for item 11