Millvina and Brushwood Care Homes

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Liverpool City Council should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Dear Liverpool City Council,

1. Please provide details of all meetings, negotiations and correspondence with Shaw Healthcare since January 2020 – (at the public meeting on 20th August it was cited that Shaw Healthcare had encountered difficulties early this year prior to the Covid pandemic and were already in talks with the Council before lockdown to highlight these issues – please include details of when and how this was highlighted to the Council)

2. Please provide copies of the Council Minutes showing all recorded decisions regarding the Contract with Shaw Healthcare

3. Please provide a copy of the original 25 year agreement with Shaw Healthcare

4. Please provide details of the other providers who originally submitted Expressions of Interest/Tenders for the contract and confirm whether they have been re-contacted directly to see if they are still interested in providing the service following Shaw Healthcare’s requested withdrawal

5. Please provide details of the notice period required for Shaw Healthcare to terminate the contract, whether there is a penalty charge for early termination and what this is

6. In a statement issued on 21st August by Liverpool City Council (https://liverpoolexpress.co.uk/statement...), it is stated that the Council are in the early stages of negotiations with regard to the future of the homes - who are these negotiations with?, are these with a single or multiple parties/companies/organisations? and please provide all records relating to these negotiations (including dates they were initiated)

7. Families have been told that the closures are due to difficulties attracting new residents due to the Covid pandemic and that ‘families have become reluctant to place their loved ones in care homes’ (LCC FAQs 27th August - https://liverpoolexpress.co.uk/faqs-on-b...). In a letter from Martin Farran to a resident’s family member it was confirmed that the total occupancy of both homes as of 16th March 2020 was 49. The current confirmed occupancy is 83 – this therefore confirms that 34 residents (41% of current occupancy) were admitted during lockdown - can the Council therefore explain how this represents a reason for closure directly linked to the pandemic when resident numbers at these homes have increased over this period?

8. When asked where the contracts were Martin Farran confirmed that all Council public contracts are available for public scrutiny yet there doesn’t appear to be any record of a contract with Shaw Healthcare on the publicly accessible contracts register – is the contract listed on the register and if so what date was it entered and what is the reference number?

9. It has been highlighted that both homes regularly receive enquiries regarding availability and the Council’s response has been that they are all being refused on the basis that the homes cannot provide suitable care – please provide details of what type of care requirements are considered unsuitable and the proportion of total enquiries these represent (i.e. how many potential applications have been recorded as not suitable and how many applications have been received in total?)

10. Paul Brant and Martin Farran have confirmed that Shaw Healthcare gave notice on 30th July and confirmed in writing on 6th August – why was a resident allowed to move into Brushwood on 11th August to be told in the meeting on 20th August that the home was closing?

11. The original Business Model was for 60 beds in each site – made up of 48 long term residential care beds and 12 assessment beds (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-me... ) – this means the homes were created with a combined capacity of 96 long term residential care beds. Residential care under occupancy figures now appear to be being calculated based on the full 120 beds across the two sites (including assessment beds which were not originally designed to be long term residential) (In video from Martin Farran issued on LCC Twitter on 3rd Sept it was stated that ‘permanent residents are less than 60%’). Please provide details of the business model/service provision (i.e. number of beds and types of beds) agreed in the original contract, and full details of all/any recorded changes to this model (to explain current occupancy figure calculations).

Yours faithfully,

A Donovan

Liverpool City Council

 
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Thank you for your request for information that was received on 7
September 2020 concerning Dear Liverpool City Council,
1. Please provide details of all meetings, negotiations and correspondence
with Shaw Healthcare since January 2020 ' (at the public meeting on 20th
August it was cited that Shaw Healthcare had encountered difficulties
early this year prior to the Covid pandemic and were already in talks with
the Council before lockdown to highlight these issues ' please include
details of when and how this was highlighted to the Council)

2. Please provide copies of the Council Minutes showing all recorded
decisions regarding the Contract with Shaw Healthcare

3. Please provide a copy of the original 25 year agreement with Shaw
Healthcare

4. Please provide details of the other providers who originally submitted
Expressions of Interest/Tenders for the contract and confirm whether they
have been re-contacted directly to see if they are still interested in
providing the service following Shaw Healthcare's requested withdrawal

5. Please provide details of the notice period required for Shaw
Healthcare to terminate the contract, whether there is a penalty charge
for early termination and what this is

6. In a statement issued on 21st August by Liverpool City Council
(https://liverpoolexpress.co.uk/statement...),
it is stated that the Council are in the early stages of negotiations with
regard to the future of the homes - who are these negotiations with?, are
these with a single or multiple parties/companies/organisations? and
please provide all records relating to these negotiations (including dates
they were initiated)

7. Families have been told that the closures are due to difficulties
attracting new residents due to the Covid pandemic and that 'families have
become reluctant to place their loved ones in care homes' (LCC FAQs 27th
August -
https://liverpoolexpress.co.uk/faqs-on-b...).
In a letter from Martin Farran to a resident's family member it was
confirmed that the total occupancy of both homes as of 16th March 2020 was
49. The current confirmed occupancy is 83 ' this therefore confirms that
34 residents (41% of current occupancy) were admitted during lockdown -
can the Council therefore explain how this represents a reason for closure
directly linked to the pandemic when resident numbers at these homes have
increased over this period?

8. When asked where the contracts were Martin Farran confirmed that all
Council public contracts are available for public scrutiny yet there
doesn't appear to be any record of a contract with Shaw Healthcare on the
publicly accessible contracts register ' is the contract listed on the
register and if so what date was it entered and what is the reference
number?

9. It has been highlighted that both homes regularly receive enquiries
regarding availability and the Council's response has been that they are
all being refused on the basis that the homes cannot provide suitable care
' please provide details of what type of care requirements are considered
unsuitable and the proportion of total enquiries these represent (i.e. how
many potential applications have been recorded as not suitable and how
many applications have been received in total?)

10. Paul Brant and Martin Farran have confirmed that Shaw Healthcare gave
notice on 30th July and confirmed in writing on 6th August ' why was a
resident allowed to move into Brushwood on 11th August to be told in the
meeting on 20th August that the home was closing?

11. The original Business Model was for 60 beds in each site ' made up of
48 long term residential care beds and 12 assessment beds
(https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-me... ) ' this means
the homes were created with a combined capacity of 96 long term residenti
 
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