Equality Impact Assessment

Name of the proposal : Contract Reviews

Department : Adult Services

Name of lead officer : Becky O'Selmo

Publication date: 23/11/2011

Review date: 23/11/2012

Departmental Manager Approval by : Richard Ellis

Departmental Manager Approval date : 24/11/2011

 

 

Main purpose and aims of the policy, plan or project

Hampshire is facing an increase in eligible demand for Adult Social Care services. At the same time the council is receiving less funding. Reviewing contacts will help to drive the costs and will also help to improve monitoring data, for example, employee profile.

Main elements of the policy, plan or project

Establish a panel of preferred providers for domiciliary care and support services across the County:

Domiciliary Care Services, apart from a small number of providers, have not been subject to a competitive tender, As a result there are significant variances in the pricing structure.. It is estimated that the efficiencies gained by establishing and using the Panel will be in the region of 2.5m, making a significant contribution to the overall savings target of 7.1m.

Waiver of Contract Standing Orders:

Contract Standing Order 5.6 deals with a list of preferred providers, that the value of any contract entered into, calculated in accordance with Contract Standing Order 4, may not exceed the relevant European Union (EU) threshold, which is currently 156,442. it is likely that the majority of contracts entered into under the Panel would exceed the relevant EU threshold. It is therefore necessary to seek the necessary Executive Member approval for a waiver of

contract standing order 5.6.

Electronic Domiciliary Care Monitoring (EDCM)

Domiciliary Care Services, apart from a small number of providers, have not been subject to a competitive tender, and as a result there are significant variances in the pricing structure. It is estimated that the efficiencies gained by implementing an EDCM will be in the region of 2.7m and 3.8m, making a significant contribution to the overall savings target of 7.1m.

Negotiation Teams and Domiciliary care providers in Hampshire with business in excess of 2M pa:

The aim of the use of the negotiation teams is to drive down cost, notably the overall hourly/half hourly rate.

Around 20 OPPD domiciliary providers across the county account for 50% of the domiciliary care spend (approx 21m) with hourly rates varying from 11.50 to 18.50. This level of business has grown over the years through spot purchases. The approach of the negotiating team will be to achieve a reduction in the hourly rates and where possible to establish the principle of rebates depending on the level of business.

Detailed Assessment

Age: Impact : Low
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Disability: Impact : Low
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Faith: Impact : Low
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Gender: Impact : Low
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Transgender: Impact : Low
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Race: Impact : Low
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Sexual Orientation: Impact : Low
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Marriage / civil partnership: Impact : Low
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Pregnancy & maternity: Impact : Low
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Other factors: Impact : Low
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Details of why some groups are low and/or no impact

The review and negotiation of contracts will not change the services delivered by HCC staff or those services received by service users.

However, should providers wish to reduce wages to reflect the negotiation of contracts, this will impact upon those employed by the providers.

Eligibility is determined using Fair Access to Care Services (FACS) criteria. Need is the primary requirement and this, where required will include considerations covered by Equalities legislation.

Conclusion

The negotiation and review of contracts will not have a direct impact on HCC Staff or service users. The main effect of this initiative will be on those care workers employed by the domiciliary care providers. Minimum wage legislation protects these workers, however the impact of reducing price may affect pay levels negatively.

 

For more information please visit the Hampshire County Council Equality & Diversity web page.