Care and support at home

Most of the new framework procurement is now complete and has been launched: 

  • Maintaining Independence - personal care services, which will be provided to people who are likely to have a need for long-term care at home. This includes Continuing Healthcare.
    • Launched on 02 August 2015
  • Urgent Care – personal care services that are designed to be provided for a short-term period of 1-2 weeks – for example for people returning home after coming out of hospital.
    • WSCC clients only - Launched on 04 April 2016
  • Fast Track End of Life – personal care services for people who are eligible for continuing healthcare funding on a ‘fast track’ basis because of a rapid deterioration in their health – for people who may be terminally ill and require care and support at home.
    • Continuing Healthcare clients only - Launched 04 April 2016
  • Reablement - services which will support people to regain and relearn skills – for example following an illness or injury, with the aim of enabling people to continue to live independently at home.
    • Still to launch - WSCC clients only

Background to procurement

West Sussex County Council led the procurement process for a new integrated health and social care framework for care and support at home, following a review of domiciliary care arrangements.

The new framework aims to ensure supply, support sustainable services, focus on outcomes and quality, and ensure value for money and arrangements which are consistent and manageable to run.

What do we mean by domicilliary care?

Currently, about 1800 people across West Sussex have domiciliary care packages purchased on their behalf by the County Council.

These services are purchased from providers who are signed up to the current ‘Domiciliary Care Framework Agreement’ contract.

This is the contract used to purchase domiciliary care for adults over the age of 18, although the majority of people receiving this care and support are older people over the age of 65.

What will the new arrangements look like?

The new framework (the contract under which a number of providers are delivering) will be for the following services:

  • Maintaining Independence - personal care services, which will be provided to people who are likely to have a need for long-term care at home. This includes Continuing Healthcare.
  • Urgent Care – personal care services that are designed to be provided for a short-term period of 1-2 weeks – for example for people returning home after coming out of hospital.
  • Fast Track End of Life – personal care services for people who are eligible for continuing healthcare funding on a ‘fast track’ basis because of a rapid deterioration in their health – for people who may be terminally ill and require care and support at home.
  • Reablement - services which will support people to regain and relearn skills – for example following an illness or injury, with the aim of enabling people to continue to live independently at home.

The contract will also include services provided on a live-in basis for long-term and short-term care.

The Council and the NHS are working with a number of providers across the three geographic areas in West Sussex – the North of the County, the Southern area, and the Western area.

Please direct any queries to Adults Commissioning at West Sussex County Council