Adult Social Care in Buckinghamshire

Colin Whyte made this Freedom of Information request to Buckinghamshire Council

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Dear Buckinghamshire Council,

All of the below questions are in relation to adult social care packages in Buckinghamshire.

- What are the current criteria for a newly registered domiciliary care provider to take on “spot” contracts via the dynamic purchasing system?
- What are the ranges of fees paid to private providers who have taken on care package contracts through the DPS? Hourly, 45 min, 30 min and 15 minute care visit rates
- What “spot” and “block” contract providers currently exist on your Dynamic Purchasing System?
- How do you assess “quality” of a provider when determining if they can be listed as a spot provider on the DPS?
- When will you next be re-tendering for providers to be listed as a spot provider on Buckinghamshire’s DPS?
- What is the process for a provider to apply to be a spot provider?
- How are care packages distributed amongst spot providers?
- Do you currently work with providers with a CQC rating of “requires improvement” or “inadequate”? If so, do you have a time scale in which such a provider must improve to “good” or “outstanding” in order to remain as a DPS provider?
- What is the current average number of weekly hours commissioned to private domiciliary care providers for Adult Social Care
- What is the number of adults in receipt of Adult Domiciliary Care through private domiciliary care providers

Yours faithfully,

Colin Whyte

Buckinghamshire Council

 

 

 

 

Dear Colin Whyte

 

Thank you for your information request received on 12 January 2021.

 

We can confirm receipt of your request for information and will handle it
under the most appropriate legislation. 

Your case reference number is FOI 20500

 

You can expect to receive a response by 09 February 2021.

 

The Council will be in touch if we need any further information.

 

Yours sincerely,

Information Management Team

Buckinghamshire Council

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Dear Mr Whyte

 
FOI 20500

Thank you for your request for information regarding adult social care
packages.
 

This request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 

 

I can confirm that Buckinghamshire Council does hold information falling
within the description specified in your request. 

 

Please find the relevant details below.

What are the current criteria for a newly registered domiciliary care
provider to take on “spot” contracts via the dynamic purchasing system?
We do not have a DPS

 

What are the ranges of fees paid to private providers who have taken on
care package contracts through the DPS? Hourly, 45 min, 30 min and 15
minute care visit rates
As above

 

What “spot” and “block” contract providers currently exist on your Dynamic
Purchasing System?
As above

 

How do you assess “quality” of a provider when determining if they can be
listed as a spot provider on the DPS?
As above

 

When will you next be re-tendering for providers to be listed as a spot
provider on Buckinghamshire’s DPS?
We do not have a DPS but are planning a level of recommissioning in
2021/22

 

What is the process for a provider to apply to be a spot provider?
Providers wishing to be approved for use for spot contracts need to
complete a questionnaire covering a range of areas including company
details, financial information, policies and procedures, technical
capability, equality and diversity and references. This information is
then reviewed and a visit is arranged to the Homecare provider’s premises
to carry out a pre-approval monitoring visit to gather evidence that
supports the submission.

 

How are care packages distributed amongst spot providers?
Geographic locations covered by providers-availability- ability to deliver
care required -price

 

Do you currently work with providers with a CQC rating of “requires
improvement” or “inadequate”? If so, do you have a time scale in which
such a provider must improve to “good” or “outstanding” in order to remain
as a DPS provider?
As above

 

What is the current average number of weekly hours commissioned to private
domiciliary care providers for Adult Social Care
16030.63

 

What is the number of adults in receipt of Adult Domiciliary Care through
private domiciliary care providers
1,257

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