ITEM NO. 10

SUBJECT:
CARE STANDARDS ACT: IMPACT OF NEW NATIONAL MINIMUM STANDARDS

 

SUMMARY:
The National Assembly for Wales issued a Consultation Paper on the new National Minimum Standards for care homes in August 2001. Responses from all interested parties were required by October 22nd. Attached to this report is the response prepared by the Department and which has been sent to the National Assembly for Wales.

The Executive Summary provided as part of the response summarises the key issues and `headline' costs faced by the Authority in implementing the new standards.

The work on compiling the response has been managed as part of the Best Value Reviews on Learning Disability and Older People's services. On the former the position of Maeslliedi Home has been particularly highlighted, given that 14 out of 16 of its bedrooms fall well below the new Minimum Standard of 9.3 sq. m. Officers of the Department have recently met with officials from the Assembly to specifically discuss this matter and, as part of the Implementation Plan from the Best Value Review, action is now being taken to prepare for a `way-forward' which the CSIW will be able to agree to. What will be required is a clear plan whereby the provision at Maeslliedi will probably be reprovided over a 2 year period: how this is done i.e. the nature of this reprovision is the focus for current work.

On the Homes for Older People, a separate report on an `Options Appraisal' of all the homes has been prepared and recently presented to Cabinet.

 

1.

POLICY IMPLICATIONS:
Though not raised directly in this paper, there are potential policy implications in that the Authority will have to face decisions on how to meet the standards and develop good quality residential provision for the future through its own resources as well as, potentially, in partnership with other organisations who could `support' this process. AP

2.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:
The financial impact of the new standards is detailed in the report. To meet the standards, at least £3.1m capital is required and revenue costs will increase by some £343k per year. There are also `one-off' costs of £138k. Far higher capital investment would be required to achieve higher standards.
DE

3.

STAFFING IMPLICATIONS:
The new standards will require additional staffing levels in the Authority's care homes for older people and younger adults. The Staffing implications of the new Standards as detailed in the report reflect increased staffing levels and training requirement if the Authority is to comply with the new National Minimum Standards.
G.E.

4.

LEGAL IMPLICATIONS
The new National Minimum Standards come into effect from April 2002 and the Authority will have to comply, otherwise homes failing in terms of compliance will not be registered.
SPM

   

LOCAL MEMBER(S) COMMENTS:
Not applicable

 

RECOMMENDATION(S):
To agree the response to the Consultation paper on the new National Minimum Standards.

 

DECISION

Recommendation Approved:

Cabinet Councillor(s)

Director(s)

 

Recommendation Approved as amended below:

Cabinet Councillor(s)

Director(s)

 

Deferred in order for the following further information to be obtained:

Cabinet Councillor(s)

Director(s)

 
 

DIRECTORATE:

SOCIAL CARE & HOUSING

Contact Name:

Bill Collins

Designation:

Head of Adult Services

Tel. No.

01267 228900

File Ref:

 

Committee Ref:

Director/Cabinet Member (Social Care & Housing)

Date of meeting:

7th November, 2001