New care at home contracts

A new contract for providing Care at Home services is to be introduced by Perth and Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP).

This will mean that the service is more flexible and can support people to lead active, independent and healthy lives in their own communities.

Perth and Kinross has a growing population of older people and the HSCP arranges around 13,000 hours of care each week to people who need support at home.

The new arrangements with care providers will help make sure people don't have to wait lengthy periods to receive a care at home package, and will give people more choice and control over the care they receive.  The new arrangements will:

  • Support people to improve their own health and wellbeing and live in good health for longer
  • Give people positive experiences of the service and have their dignity and privacy respected
  • Keep people safe from harm
  • Maintain and improve people's quality of life

The new six-year contract with external care providers will begin at the end of May 2017 and be phased in over the next two months.  Anyone who currently receives Care at Home and who will see their provider change as a result of the new arrangements will be contacted before this date, so staff can talk through any queries or concerns people may have.

External care providers will continue to work in partnership with HSCP Care at Home staff to support people who need care at home and help those in hospital get home from hospital as quickly as possible when they are ready to be discharged.

Perth and Kinross HSCP Chief Officer, Robert Packham, said: "The new contract with partner providers will create an improved Care at Home service that is fit to meet the demands we are facing in Perth and Kinross.

"The need for Care at Home services is going to increase into the future and we have to be ready for that. The new arrangements have flexibility built-in so that providers can step into pick up care packages across all parts of Perth and Kinross when they are needed.

"This should cut down on the time people have to wait for a care package, and make sure that people are well cared for in their own homes and can lead active, independent and healthy lives in their own community for as long as possible."

To support the new framework and contract arrangements the HSCP has been running a marketing and publicity campaign to recruit new care at home staff for partner providers. The 'Why Should I Care' ad campaign has featured on local radio, bus shelters, social media and in the local press.

Caring offers a flexible, well-paid job with the chance to gain qualifications and build a career. Jobs are available now right across Perth and Kinross. To find out more and apply please visit www.pkc.gov.uk/caring