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To receive apologies for absence.
Apologies for absence were received from County Councillors G Williams and S Williams.
In attendance Count Councillor S Hayes (Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care) (from 10.30am), V Hanley (Interim Professional Lead Commercial Services) J Jones (Strategic Commissioning Manager – Age Well), E Patterson (Scrutiny Officer)
Declarations of Interest
To receive declarations of interest from Members.
The following declarations of interest were received:
County Councillor G Morgan – a personal interest (owning a small number of shares in BUPA)
County Councillor H Hulme – a personal and prejudicial interest (her mother attends Maes y Wennol Day Centre)
Declarations of Party Whips
To receive disclosures of prohibited party whips which a Member has been given in relation to the meeting in accordance with Section 78(3) of the Local Government Measure 2011.
(NB: Members are reminded that under Section 78 Members having been given a prohibited party whip cannot vote on a matter before the Committee.)
No declarations of Party Whips were received.
To authorise the Chair to sign the minutes of the meeting held on 4th July 2018 as a correct record.
The Chair was authorised to sign the minutes of the meeting held on the 4th July 2018 as a correct record.
The Scrutiny Officer confirmed that all the outcomes mentioned in the minutes had either already taken place or were in the work programme to take place.
The Monitoring Officer has determined that category 3 of the Access to Information Procedure Rules applies to the following items. His view on the public interest test (having taken account of the provisions of Rule 14.8 of the Council's Access to Information Rules) was that to make this information public would disclose information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).
These factors in his view outweigh the public interest in disclosing this information.
Members are asked to consider these factors when determining the public interest test, which they must decide when considering excluding the public from this part of the meeting.
RESOLVED to exclude the public for the following item of
business on the grounds that there would be disclosure to them of
exempt information under category 3 of The Local Authorities
(Access to Information) (Variation) (Wales) Order 2007).
Re-commissioning the management of Powys County Council's Care Homes
To receive a briefing regarding progress on the re-commissioning of the management of Powys County Council Care Homes.
The Interim Professional Lead gave an introduction to the process for the re-commissioning of Powys Residential Care Homes. The process is confidential insofar as commercially sensitive information has to remain confidential but the updates that the Portfolio Holder has shared with Members regarding the process are for public information.
The Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care joined the meeting at 10.30am having left the meeting of the Regional Partnership Board to join this meeting.
The current Care Homes operators BUPA have given notice that they wish to cease operating in Powys from 31st May 2019. Powys County Council own 12 Care Homes which are operated by BUPA together with an additional facility Glan Irfon which is also owned by Powys County Council but delivered with a shared Section 33. It is intended that the recommissioning of these facilities will be undertaken in parallel but with separate lots.
An OJEU Notice has been issued inviting organisations to express interest by means of submitting a prequalification questionnaire. This will ascertain the level of interest and will allow the Council (and PTHB) to evaluate their capability, registrations, track record and their financial standing and capacity to proceed with the next stage of tendering beyond 31st October 2018.
The outcome of this stage will inform what next steps need to be taken regarding the re-commissioning process.
The Commissioning team are working closely with BUPA to ensure that any tender documentation includes as much information as possible as early as possible for interested parties to prepare a bid.
The timescale is tight but much work has been undertaken to date and the timetable is being adhered to. It is intended to publish tender documentation with a final return date of February/March 2019 which will allow for a transition period leading up to the end of the BUPA contract in May 2019.
It is intended to seek a partner to run the homes in the first instance in the medium term which will provide an opportunity for the service to examine what are the longer term needs for independent living, nursing care, residential care and respite care across the county. This medium term partner may wish to be part of longer term arrangements.
It was confirmed that an Impact Assessment had been completed and that contingency plans are being worked upon to mitigate risk.
It was confirmed that expert legal advice had been engaged to support this process.
It was confirmed that a Communications Plan was in place which would provide information regarding the re-commissioning process moving forward. Staff were receiving communication from BUPA. The Portfolio Holder was sending regular briefings to Members on the process.
It was confirmed that an inventory would be prepared to be used at the point of transfer.
Cllr J Williams left the meeting 10.55am
It was confirmed that the Welsh Language Standards that Powys are required to meet also apply to third party providers and this has formed part of the current specification.
Going forward from April 2019 ... view the full minutes text for item 12.
8th November 2018 WAO Housing Inspection
Social Care Performance Reports (Sept 2018)
10th December 2018 Review of Daytime Activities
8th November 2018 – WAO Housing Inspection
10th December 2018 – Review of Daytime Activities
Update on Bannau/Camlas
Social Care Performance Reports