Agenda item - Commissioning of Supported Living Service for People with Cognitive Impairment (Acquired Brain Injury)

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Commissioning of Supported Living Service for People with Cognitive Impairment (Acquired Brain Injury)

Report of the Executive Director for Health & Adult Social Care.

Decision:

NB: The Resolutions set out below incorporate the amended recommendations as agreed at the meeting and include a new recommendation 3 as shown below:

 

RESOLVED - (1) That Board agrees to award a three-year contract to the Service Provider that has been evaluated as providing the most economically advantageous tender;

 

(2) To grant delegated authority to the Executive Director of Health and Adult Social Care (HASC) to extend the contract at the end of the three-year term for a further period or periods of up to two years in total subject to satisfactory performance and available budget; and

 

(3) That the contract be reviewed at the end of its second year to help build capacity to develop a potential in-house model of delivery for such services in the future and the review to be reported to the Health and Wellbeing Board prior to any extension or re-tender.

Minutes:

            By reason of the special circumstances, and in accordance with section 100B(4)(b) of the 1972 Act, the Chair of the meeting has been consulted and is of the opinion that this item should be considered at the meeting as a matter of urgency for the following reason that a decision to award the contract was required.

 

            Note: The special circumstances for non-compliance with Council Procedure Rule 3, Access to Information Procedure Rule 5 and Section 100B(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended), (items not to be considered unless the agenda is open to inspection at least five days in advance of the meeting) were that the end of the procurement exercise could not be completed prior to the deadline for publication of the agenda. The item’s report was published in advance of the previous Health and Wellbeing Board meeting on 28 January 2020 and that meeting resolved to consider the item at a special meeting that date and time of which was to be confirmed.

 

55.1    The Board considered a report of the Executive Director of Health and Adult Social Care which provided an update on the procurement of a supported living service for adults with cognitive impairments in Brighton and Hove which recommended that an external provider be procured due to the specialist nature of the provision required. It was noted that a part two confidential report containing more detailed information in respect of the preferred bid and the directly provided service had been circulated to members of the Board separately.

 

55.2    The following Labour/Green Group amendment was put forward:

 

            To add new recommendation1.3 as shown below in bold italics proposed by Councillor Appich and seconded by Councillor Nield:

 

1.3That the contract be reviewed at the end of its second year to help build capacity to develop a potential in-house model of delivery for such services in the future and the review be reported to the Health and Wellbeing Board prior to any extension or re-tender.

 

55.3    The Chair, Councillor Moonan, stated that she had accepted the late amendment put forward as she was of the view that doing so would facilitate the Board’s discussion and decision making in respect of this matter. This was important as it was necessary to make a timely decision and there were special circumstances why the report had not been available within the usual timeframe due to the complex procurement process.

 

55.4    Councillor Appich spoke in support of her amendment stating that whilst she understood the necessity to make a decision regarding provision of this service at the present time, she was also firmly of the view that the proposed amendment was necessary to enable that to be reviewed at an appropriate point in the future. To do so provided the capacity for the decision taken to be reviewed when it was timely to do so, particularly as it would enable potential capacity for an in-house model to be developed. Councillor Nield stated that she concurred in that view and therefore supported the amendment.

 

55.4    The Head of Commissioning, Andrew Witham and the Commissioning and Performance Manager, Anne Richardson-Locke, updated in respect of the process which had been undertaken and the rationale for the report recommendations. Following service of notice by the current service provider in July 2019 alternative arrangements had needed to be made for the 3 existing tenants who no longer had need of the accommodation and had provided the opportunity for these flats to be used to provide supported living options for adults with cognitive impairments. It had not been possible to find alternative accommodation for one resident who would continue to live there until an alternative support provider had been found. The Supported Living Service would provide 24 hour support to 4 people with cognitive impairments which included learning disabilities, autism and cognitive impairments due to brain injury or other neurological conditions. It was intended that the support services would be shared across all four flats.

 

55.5    Unfortunately, the report had come forward as a late item as the period between the end of the procurement exercise and the date of the nearest Board meeting had not allowed for the usual pre-Board timescales. It was necessary for a decision to be made in order to ensure that delays in starting the service were kept to a minimum as the service was needed urgently and there would be a financial cost to the Council of delays. The Commissioning and Performance Manager, Anne Richardson-Locke, explained that although there had been 8 expressions of interest, only 3 tenders had been submitted ultimately which indicated the complexity needs to be supported and the very small number of specialist providers who were able to provide that level of care. The timescales to be met were very tight and the tender process had been conducted in compliance with the provisions of the Public Contract Regulations 2015. There would be no saving if the Council provided support directly at this time and could result in a delay in service provision.

 

55.6    Councillor Shanks stated that she fully supported the amendment. Whilst recognising the need to make a decision in order to avoid any hiatus in service delivery to vulnerable individuals she was also concerned that the ability existed to revisit it. She was concerned that pay scales had not been specified although the preferred bidder had indicated that they would set attractive pay rates. In her view the fact that the Council was committed to paying the living wage could set it at a disadvantage and that it was not therefore an entirely like for like comparison. Councillor Shanks asked whether an external provider could be compelled to pay the living wage as requirement of their acceptance of their bid and it was confirmed that could not be done. Over time if in-house capacity could be developed there could be cost savings and other advantages which were not currently apparent.

 

55.7    Councillor Nield was in agreement with Councillor Shanks stating that if the Council paid staff properly arguably it could never be competitive. It was also important to focus of what values you wished to apply and what you waned to achieve, that needed to be factored in too.

 

55.8    Councillor Appich stated that she was disappointed that it had not been possible to let this contract in-house, at the present. She recognised the need for an urgent decision to be made which represented a good compromise for clients who were in desperate need reiterating however, that it was important to have the capacity to look at that afresh in the future.

 

55.9    There was no further discussion and in consequence, the Chair, Councillor Moonan, put the proposed amendment to the Board and on a vote of 4 with 3 abstentions it was accepted. The Chair then moved to a second vote which included the amendment in the substantive report recommendations. The substantive report recommendations were agreed on a vote of 4 with 3 abstentions.

 

NB: The Resolutions set out below incorporate the amended recommendations as agreed at the meeting and include a new recommendation 3 as shown below:

 

55.10  RESOLVED - (1) That Board agrees to award a three-year contract to the Service Provider that has been evaluated as providing the most economically advantageous tender;

 

(2) To grant delegated authority to the Executive Director of Health and Adult Social Care (HASC) to extend the contract at the end of the three-year term for a further period or periods of up to two years in total subject to satisfactory performance and available budget; and

 

(3) That the contract be reviewed at the end of its second year to help build capacity to develop a potential in-house model of delivery for such services in the future and the review to be reported to the Health and Wellbeing Board prior to any extension or re-tender.

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