Coronavirus information and guidance

Support for care sector

The care sector in Southend is an important part of our local community. The sector provide support to thousands of vulnerable people and employs more than 6,000 people.

We are working to support providers both in the short term, through the challenge of COVID-19, and in the long term to provide high quality, financially sustainable, and responsive care for the residents of Southend.

There is effective joint work in place to ensure market resilience, not just for care homes but also more broadly across the sector. All of Southend’s care providers have been regularly supplied with PPE, infection control guidance and training in the correct use of PPE and managing deterioration in physical conditions, and new measures to evidence resilience across the whole care sector (care homes, domiciliary care, and supported living) are being built into provider’s contingency plans, including financial resilience measures.

Close working with our providers has continued throughout the outbreak and a new strategy for all sectors of the care market in Southend is planned post Covid-19.

Financial support for care providers

The care market in Southend has been fragile for some time and our level of concern about market resilience in the light of the impact of Covid-19 is high. Some of this concern relates to the short-term financial pressures and some relates to broader structural issues.

We have put in place a series of uplifts and resilience payments for providers. These are set out below. This is in addition to our annual uplift, which for 2020/21 was between 3 and 4.5% depending on sector and individual contract.

The  Council wrote to care home providers at the beginning of April and advised that for the next 3 months, they would be paid an additional 10% on top of the scheduled payment they receive from the Council for the individuals they are financially responsible for in their home.

We are continuing the work with care providers to address any issues identified through this challenging period. 

The table below sets out the financial support of the resilience payments, PPE mask distribution and proposed distribution of the Infection Control Grant.

Those who have contracts with us

Support to providers that SBC has contracts with in response to COVID-19
Support being provided Domiciliary care Residential care Other provision Total spent* so far
Amount  £224,730 £1.246m £73,000 £1.543m

Those who do not have contracts with us

Support to providers that SBC does not have contracts with in response to COVID-19
Support being provided Domiciliary care Residential care Other provision Total spent* so far
Amount £71,400 £41,250 £283,350 £396,000

*Funding or support that has already reached providers.

Southend has been allocated £2,734,683 from the Infection Control Fund.

75% of this will go directly to care home providers on a per bed basis. This is a total of £2,051,012.

The remaining 25% (£683,670) is for local determination. Southend-on-Sea has made a policy decision to distribute the majority of this funding directly to social care providers to support infection prevention and control.

We will provide 10% (£273,468) of the funding to home care providers and will distribute this fairly amongst the 54 local providers. We will fund supported living providers with SBC residents on the same basis as residential care.

The remaining funding will be used to fund additional infection control professional advisors for Southend care providers and to provide additional out of hours escalation support.

Support to care homes resilience plan

Response from Alison Griffin, Chief Executive and care home resilience presentation
Southend-on-Sea care home resilience template

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