Following the publication of the Government’s People at the Heart of Care Adult Social Care Reform White Paper, local authorities are required to work with their markets to ensure sustainability of local social care provision. South Tyneside Council was seeking support to work in partnership with the Council and service providers to support the Market Sustainability and Fair Cost of Care exercise for older people care homes across the region. 31ten were commissioned to deliver this work and lead the engagement with service providers to collect the required data on operating costs and returns on operation and capital (ROO and ROC) . We undertook a comprehensive analysis of the data to assess the distribution and median points for costs. Building on this, we modelled a range of scenarios to enable the Council to make informed decisions on costs of care and fee setting going forward. We also supported the development of South Tyneside’s Market Sustainability Plan, setting out the Council’s plans to address market challenges and move forward with implementing costs of care
Our approach was as follows:
Data gathering and engagement
Local Fair Cost of Care and Market Sustainability
Following the first phase of this work, South Tyneside asked us to support with the second phase of the work from the start of 2023 – encompassing the market position, nursing providers, and overall cost of care – which we are continuing to support them with.
The key outcomes from the work included: