Homecare contract ‘not financially viable’, says Brunelcare

PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 March 2019

The company announced its plans to pull its homecare contract. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The company announced its plans to pull its homecare contract. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

KatarzynaBialasiewicz

A care charity has opted to pull its contract with North Somerset Council, saying it is ‘not financially viable’.

The company announced its plans to pull its homecare contract.The company announced its plans to pull its homecare contract.

Brunelcare is in discussions with the local authority to transfer its Support To Live At Home contract – covering Clevedon and Portishead – and their Extra Care Housing contract at Portishead’s Waverley Court.

For a number of months, the two have been working to find a solution to the challenge of providing a financially sustainable service.

The council has found an alternative service provider to take over the contract.

Brunelcare’s chief executive, Kevin Fairman, has said the ‘good’ registered services Brunelcare provides ‘will not be compromised’ as it works to ensure a ‘smooth transition’.

The main care providers in North Somerset at the moment. Picture: North Somerset CouncilThe main care providers in North Somerset at the moment. Picture: North Somerset Council

He added: “As a charity, any surplus we make is reinvested back into the services we provide.

“However, when a contract is not financially viable, the rest of the charity is effectively subsidising that service.

“This is not a sustainable position and we have a responsibility to act in the interests of the long-term future of the charity, which has been providing care to older people for more than 75 years.”

Brunelcare is one of three main care providers in North Somerset, alongside Alliance Homes and Notaro Homecare.

A council spokesman said: “Our main priority at this time is ensuring continuity of care for our residents who use these services.

“We therefore aim to retain as many of Brunelcare’s employees as possible and initial staff meetings have been held.

“We anticipate Nobilis Care will be providing these services from April.

“Residents who use these services should not experience any changes to their care as a result of the transfer.”

The local authority said it hoped to tackle the ‘challenging time’ for the health and social care sector by launching its Proud To Care bonus scheme.

The council is using part of the £924,000 it received from the Government’s additional social care investment to provide the Proud To Care bonuses.

The scheme aims to reduce staff turnover and retain and reward staff.

For more details on Proud To Care, visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/proudtocare

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