The Department of Health and Social Care has recently written to all adult social care providers to update the sector on the departments preparations for leaving the European Union on 31 October 2019. In case you have not yet received or seen the letter we have published it in the Brexit section of the Provide Engagement Network website.
The letter contains a useful checklist of actions for providers to consider to ensure their own preparedness. Alongside this checklist there are also links to toolkits, guides and other resources to support the sector’s preparations including updates and advice on the following key areas: medicines and medical products, workforce, food, other goods and services and contract management.
A key development is the establishment of a National Supply Disruption Response, including a 24/7 call centre. Further communications as to how providers can access this is expected shortly.
Devon County Council is continuing to work alongside Government and other agencies to ensure local preparedness and to support providers and businesses who deliver vital services to the most vulnerable people. We have been working with the Local Resilience Forum, sharing our work and preparations to date, escalating the key risks and mitigations as we see them based on the intelligence we are receiving.
We have fed back to central government that providers are concerned about the potential for any sudden increase in costs of food, utilities or fuel and have asked what central government plans are in place to respond should such an eventuality occur. We will keep you updated.
We encourage you to get in contact with the Business Relations Team to report any impacts that you are experiencing or whether you have any questions or concerns you would like to raise.
Joint Associate Director of Commissioning
Devon County Council