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Social Care Shake Up Will Provide Choice

Derbyshire County Council is to consider a raft of measures to change the way care is delivered to the county’s aging population.

These include proposals to support independent care homes, give older people greater choice in their care and speed up hospital discharges

The measures have come about following discussions with Derbyshire Care Homes Association, which represents many of the care home agencies and will be paid for by setting aside £1.75m from the Government’s Improved Better Care Fund.

Derbyshire County Councils cabinet member for adult care, Councillor jean Wharmby said; ‘As our population ages, the care they need becomes increasingly complex. We are committed to helping older people live independent, dignified lives in their own homes but where this isn’t possible we need to ensure they have access to a choice of suitable high-quality care. In order to do this, we need to consider how we support the independent sector as it is vital agencies are in a position to deliver the quality care that is required, while recognising that they also need to look after their staff at the same time.  Care staff work extremely hard, often doing unsociable hours and sometimes in quite challenging circumstances so we are keen to support then and encourage others to consider a career in caring.’

Among the specific proposals that will go before cabinet are an increase in fees paid to independent sector care homes to cover extra cost of training staff.

If agreed, from 1st October the fee rate would increase by £6.86 to £9.91 per client per week to provide new national standard induction training to all care staff.

They will also pay an extra £15.54 a week to care homes for each older person needing nursing care to ensure   enough beds remain available across the county as part of their duty to promote choice. 

The meeting will take place today (14 September 2017)