1. Ms Walton introduced the report and said the aim was to procure a provider with the relevant experience to work closely with individuals, communities, and the workforce to gain an understanding of the gaps in the market, plan the development of micro providers and put in place a communication strategy.
2. Ms Walton and Mr Smith responded to questions and comments from the committee, including the following:
(a) Asked whether care workers were included as micro providers Ms Walton confirmed they were, and micro providers would provide non-regulated care. Ms Walton said some care workers may prefer to set themselves up as a micro provider as opposed to working for an organisation;
(b) Asked if un-regulated care would be more difficult to monitor and control Ms Walton said a framework would be developed with the provider of the contract to ensure micro providers comply with the necessary standards including safeguarding. The support provided by the micro provider would depend on the individual’s care and support needs and a care and support plan would be completed by the Social Care Team;
(c) Asked how the project linked to social prescribing Ms Walton said the contract provider would work with communities and networks, including social prescribers, to identify gaps and opportunities for service provision; and
(d) Asked about the funding for the project Mr Smith said it would be funded partly from the Contained Outbreak Management Fund and partly from a market sustainability funding stream.
3. It was RESOLVED that the decision proposed to be taken by the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health to:
a) Award a contract to a provider who can support the development of a micro-provider market in Kent; and
b) 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 and entering into required contracts or other legal agreements, as necessary to implement the decision, be endorsed.