Decision details

Adult Social Care Infection Control and Testing Fund Round 3:

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Adult Social Care Commissioning

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

To seek approval to pay grant funding to adult social care providers, including those with whom the council does not have a contract, as described in Local Authority Circular: Adult Social Care Infection Control and Testing Fund (published 21st October 2021) in accordance with a determination under section 31 of the Local Government Act 2003 of a ring-fenced infection control grant to local authorities 31/5765 (the “Determination”) for the purposes of:
1. reducing the rate of COVID-19 transmission within and between care settings through effective infection prevention and control practices and increasing the uptake of staff vaccination against Covid 19 and flu.
2. conducting testing of staff and visitors in care settings to identify and isolate positive cases and enabling close contact visiting where possible.

Decision:

In coming to this decision I have given due and full regard to the requirements of the public sector equality duty contained in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 (“the Act”) by reference to the law itself and also the relevant Equality Impact Assessment, which was prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Act.

 

Having fully considered all of the available information, I have decided to reject the alternative options and take the recommended decision to:

 

Delegate authority to the Executive Director of Adult Social Care and Public Health to:

 

1.         Pay providers of bed based care in Gloucestershire , including residential drug and alcohol settings and CQC regulated community care providers (i.e. domiciliary care, extra care and supported living), including those with whom the council does not have a contract, the stipulated 70% of the Infection Prevention and Control fund allocation received pursuant to the Determination on a “per bed” basis (for care homes) or “per user” basis (for CQC regulated community care providers) for the purpose of reducing the rate of COVID-19 transmission within and between care settings through effective infection prevention and control practices and to pay any undistributed funding from such allocation to eligible providers for the same purpose.

 

2.         Allocate 1% of the Infection Prevention and Control fund allocation to meet the council’s administrative costs arising from the distribution of the funding described in this report and the council’s reporting obligations in respect thereof.

 

3.         Allocate and pay the remaining 29% of the Infection Prevention and Control fund allocation to adult social care providers that are nominated by the Executive Director of Adult Social Care and Public Health in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care Commissioning in order to support other COVID-19 infection prevention and control measures subject to the provisions of the Determination.

 

4.         Pay providers of bed based care in Gloucestershire , including residential drug and alcohol settings and CQC regulated community care providers (i.e. domiciliary care, extra care and supported living), including those with whom the council does not have a contract, the stipulated 70% of the Vaccination fund allocation received pursuant to the Determination on a “per bed” basis (for care homes) or “per user” basis (for CQC regulated community care providers) for the purpose of increasing COVID-19 and flu vaccine uptake among their staff and to pay any undistributed funding from such allocation to eligible providers for the same purpose.

 

5.         Allocate and pay the remaining 30% of the Vaccination fund allocation to support staff with COVID-19 and flu vaccinations in other care settings, including non-registered settings, and to provide additional support to providers that are nominated by the Executive Director of Adult Social Care and Public Health in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care Commissioning in order to support other COVID-19 vaccination measures subject to the provisions of the Determination.

 

6.         Pay providers of bed-based care in Gloucestershire, including residential drug and alcohol settings and bed-based care providers with whom the council does not have a contract, the stipulated 75% of the Testing fund allocation received pursuant to the Determination on a “per bed” basis for the purpose of testing staff and visitors in care settings to identify and isolate positive cases and enable close contact visiting where possible, and to pay any undistributed funding from such allocation to eligible providers for the same purpose.

 

7.         Allocate and pay the remaining 25% of such Testing fund allocation to providers of community services and other eligible care providers in Gloucestershire that are nominated by the Executive Director of Adult Social Care and Public Health in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care Commissioning in order to support other testing related measures subject to the provisions of the Determination.

 

 

For the reasons set out in the report.

 

Urgent item?: Yes

Publication date: 12/11/2021

Date of decision: 12/11/2021

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