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Officer Decisions

Head of Adult Care Operations and Health - Keri Storey

Summary of Matter or Issue Requiring Decision:

6-month Extension to s75 agreement between NHSE and DCC describing the commissioning responsibilities of the two parties in respect of the provision of social care for eligible prisoners within Devon 3 prisons.

Decision Taken:

6-month extension Approved

Summary of Reason(s) for Decision Taken:

Extension at the request of NHSE to support NHSE’s recommissioning of joint health and social care services to Devon Prisons.

 

NHSE is the lead commissioner of health and social care services in Devon prisons and the contract for service provision is supported by a section 75 agreement allowing NHSE to commission social care services on behalf of DCC.

 

NHSE intends to extend the contract for health and social care from March 2022 to Oct 2022, to allow sufficient time for a re-procurement. The section 75 agreement will have to be amended accordingly.

Summary of Alternatives or Options considered and rejected:

To refuse to agree to the contract extension and by inference the extension to the sec 75 agreement. To do so would mean that current contract would expire 31st March 2022. DCC would have to recommission social care services for the interim 6 month period on a spot contracting basis from existing community based personal care providers. The benefits of a jointly commissioned health and social care service would be lost in terms of operational flexibility and efficiency and it is extremely likely that costs would increase significantly.

Details of any conflict of interest and dispensation granted to the Officer taking the decision or by any Member of the Council in delegating responsibility for any specific express delegation:

None

Contact for enquiries/further information:
Name: Paul Collinge Position: Commissioning Manager Adult Social Care & Health Email: paul.collinge@devon.gov.uk Tel: 01392 383000
Decision Date:
9 March 2021

A copy of this decision and any supporting documentation considered by the Officer taking this decision may also be made available or inspection by the public at the Council’s Offices or posted upon payment of any copying and postage charges. Any member of the public wishing to take up either of these options is asked to please ring 01392 382888 or email: members.services@devon.gov.uk


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