THE REALITY CHECK ON OUR CARE

Request for Information from HBC June 2020

What companies are contracted through Halton Borough Council (HBC) and what companies through Premier Care for services for Domiciliary care.

Domiciliary care period 2019 to 2020, Premier Care only provided approx. 20% of the care. What other companies provided the approx. 80% of the remainder.

How many agency staff are employed by the companies providing domiciliary care and care home places to HBC. Is information available as to agency staff being used for care home staffing and the same people also working on domiciliary care within the same week, month or three months.

Question:

What companies are contracted through Halton Borough Council (HBC)?

HBC Answer:

Premier Care

Question:

What companies act through Premier Care for services for Domiciliary care?

HBC Answer:

I Care

Question:

Domiciliary care period 2019 to 2020, Premier Care only provided approx. 20% of the care. What other companies provided the approx. 80% of the remainder?


HBC Answer:

For 2019/20 Premier Care (PC) provided approx. 77% of commissioned care with I Care providing approx. 23% of commissioned care.

The Reality Check:

This table is direct from HBC accounts 2019/2020

This table shows PC. has 42% and as I Care have 23% (not on the above) they must be contracted by PC. which will leave PC with 19%.

Question:
How many agency staff are employed by the companies providing domiciliary care and care home places to HBC?

Answer:

This information is not held.

Question:

Is information available as to agency staff being used for care home staffing and the same people also working on domiciliary care within the same week, month or three months?

Answer:

This information is not held.

The Reality Check

A principal is liable for all acts of an agent within the agent’s authority, whether responsibility arises in contract or in tort. Authority means the agent’s actual, apparent (ostensible) or usual (customary) authority.

To protect the public purse HBC must have access to the contractors register of employees their status and have knowledge that all legislation is being adhered to and whether their staff are Permanent or fixed-term employees. Casual employees, Apprentices or trainees – employees. Employment agency staff. Contractors and or sub-contractors.

That Health & Safety Legislation is being adhered to as well as Employment Laws and the necessary Qualifications and CPD records are in place. They must have the knowledge to address insurance liability and the requirements of HMRIC & DWP.

The annual statement setting out the steps they take to prevent modern slavery in their business and their supply chains. This is a requirement under Section 54 (Transparency in Supply Chains) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

During this present pandemic lessons must be learnt as to the transmittal of the disease. People working within the care industry must have meticulous employment records so their movement can be managed to avoid cross contamination.