Care Homes: Coventry

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 4th September 2018.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of care home providers exiting local authority contracts on the provision of those services in Coventry.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Commissioning high quality social care is the responsibility of local government who are best placed to understand the needs of local people and communities, and how best to meet them. The Department does not collect data about local contracting arrangements.

On 15 March 2018, the Care Quality Commission published its findings following a review of health and social care services in Coventry. The review found that in general terms the health and social care system is working well to ensure it meets people’s needs. The review can be found at the following link:

https://www.cqc.org.uk/sites/default/files/20180313_coventry-local-system-review-report.pdf

Where a care provider ‘hands back’ a contract to a local authority, the authority remains responsible for meeting the needs of people who previously had services provided under the contract and for arranging replacement services.

The Department has worked with the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, the Local Government Association, the care sector and other partners to produce a wide range of guidance and support about market shaping and commissioning and contingency planning.

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