1. Mr Mitchell introduced the report and said the Older Persons Residential and Nursing Contract which would expire on 31 March 2022 allowed for a two-year extension.
2. Asked whether there was a means of aligning contracts so that extensions were not required Mr Mitchell said the arrangement for this contract extension was in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the two-year extension would provide care homes with a period of stability before structured engagement with the market took place.
3. It was RESOLVED that the decision proposed to be taken by the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health to:
a) Extend the current contract in line with contract conditions for a further two years from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2024;
b) Modify the contract to allow a separate Lot to be added that enables the purchasing of Pathway 3 Discharge Beds on behalf of NHS Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group; and
c) Delegate authority to the Corporate Director of Adult Social Care and Health to take relevant actions, including but not limited to finalising the terms of the contract modification or other legal agreements, as necessary to implement the decision, be endorsed.