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Extra Care procurement framework agreed

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Hampshire County Council has announced the five successful companies that secured a place on the Extra Care Procurement Framework.

Family Mosaic Housing, First Wessex Housing Group, The Guinness Partnership Ltd, Sanctuary Group and Saxon Weald Homes Ltd were all successful in their bid, after a competitive year long process.

These five organisations will now put forward their own sites or Hampshire County Council owned sites for development to build affordable Extra Care homes, as the Council carries forward its programme to develop Extra Care Assisted Living across the whole of Hampshire.

The Council is investing £45 million over a decade to stimulate the development of Extra Care Assisted Living schemes across the whole county to add to the four new build schemes and 12 enhanced sheltered housing schemes that have already opened.

Extra Care Assisted Living provides people with their own individual apartment, coupled with access to communal and shared space, in modern, high quality, attractive buildings close to local facilities. Schemes include both one and two bed units to enable couples with differing levels of need to remain living together. Twenty-four hour care and support is available on-site, to be used progressively by people as their needs increase, avoiding early or unnecessary entry to care home settings.

Extra Care offers clear benefits to service users and their relatives including preventative and well-being services to increase independence, qualified staff onsite to respond quickly to a variety of personal care and other support needs and the opportunity to meet new friends and become part of a vibrant community. Research has shown that people living in Extra Care housing enjoy better health, have fewer hospital stays and a lower number of falls. They are also less likely to move into residential care. The Council will work closely with each of the five organisations as they design, build and run new Extra Care schemes Assisted Living, as well as having an initial three year contract to provide on site care and support. By establishing a framework it will reduce the time taken to procure each new development from around a year, to less than six months, making the process more streamlined and efficient. The framework will also ensure that learning from each scheme is shared and all future developments incorporate the best possible advances in technology.

Executive Member for Adult Social Care, Councillor Anna McNair-Scott, said: "I am extremely pleased to be able to announce the establishment of this Framework and would like to thank each of the five organisations for the hard work they have put into the high quality proposals they submitted. The five providers we have selected have proven track records of delivering high quality innovative Extra Care schemes both in Hampshire and across the county. I look forward to working with them in the future as we provide more Extra Care housing for older people in Hampshire."

The Framework has been established by Hampshire County Council but also names all eleven district councils, allowing them to utilise the procurement opportunities it offers for their own ends.

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