Issue details

Older Persons' Nursing Contract re-let (Pricing)

To confirm the price paid by KCC for Older Persons Nursing care beds across Kent from 1 October 2014.

These contracts directly support two of the council’s objectives:

• Support the transformation of health and social care in Kent.
• Improve services for the most vulnerable people in Kent.

Additionally, the price increase decision is a key part of the subsequent decision on reletting the contracts for the provision of Older Person Nursing care.

At the meeting on 11th July 2014, it was explained that a revised covering report and exempt appendix 1 had been issued to Committee Members today. The reason for doing so is that, as explained in the original report, external validation of the work which had been done ‘in-house’ to calculate the ‘actual cost’ had been requested.  When the papers needed to be published on the evening of 3rd July, the validation had not quite been complete. In the week preceding the Committee meeting, officers had been able to review the findings and refine the model, the assumptions and the data input into what is a complex model.  The result of that work was that the ‘actual cost’ and the recommended ‘guide price’ had changed slightly.  Therefore, the Committee was provided with a  revised appendix 1 which reflected the updated figures.


Due to the nature of the exempt appendix to the report, the Chairman asked Members of the Committee if, in debate, they wished to refer to any of the information included in the exempt appendix to the report.  Members confirmed that they did not wish to do so and the item was therefore considered without going into closed session. 


The report was then introduced and the procurement process summarised which had been followed.  The purpose of reviewing the guide price is to provide greater clarity on the costs the Council could expect to pay and make it clear to service users any additional ‘top up’ they would be required to contribute should they choose a different home. There will be a change in how residential and nursing care is purchased in future to achieve transparency and fairness and allow optimum choice.


The following points were highlighted by members of the Adult Social Care and Public Health Cabinet Committee on 11 July 2014:


a)    concern was expressed that, now that use of geographical banding was to be discontinued, areas of Kent bordering London would be adversely affected by London pricing. It was explained that the new bands for types of care had been set to take account of the impact of London prices upon West Kent, and the intention was to address any gap in the actual cost and the guide price in the next three years following analysis from the cost models submitted by the Providers;


b)     concern was expressed that, using data relating to homes with more than 60 beds, some independent providers could be lost to the system.  The Committee was assured that there would still be a useful role for smaller homes focusing specifically on personalised dementia care; and


c)    drawing on his recent experience of the work of the Commissioning Select Committee, one speaker expressed concern that eighteen months was a short a period for a contractual term.  It was explained that this short period had been set to coincide with and take account of the impact of the 2016 provisions of the new Care Act.  The first task for the new contractors would be to start to plan for the next renewal of the service in eighteen months’ time. 


The Equality Impact Assessment that supports the work undertaken was shared with Cabinet Committee members. As part of this decision, the impact of the Assessment has been fully understood and reflects the decision taken.



Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than two Electoral Divisions;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Division affected: (All Division);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 17/07/2014

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - View reasons

Explanation of anticipated restriction:
It is likely that some of the papers that are considered by Cabinet Committee or the Cabinet Member may be exempt from publication owing to the sensitive financial information included therein.

To confirm the price paid by KCC for Older Persons Nursing care beds across Kent from 1 October 2014

Lead member: Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services & Public Health

Department: Social Care, Health & Wellbeing

Contact: Christy Holden, Head of Strategic Commissioning, Children and Young People’s Services 0300 333 5503.


Consultation was undertaken with nursing care home providers throughout the procurement process. A series of consultation events were held in February 2014, followed by tender workshops in April 2014. Questions and queries from providers were addressed via the Kent Business Portal.

Legal implications: 14/00065