Issue details

Highwood Mill Extra Care Scheme Procurement AS01 21/22

Highwood Mill is an Extra Care Housing Scheme in Horsham which opened in 2016. This is currently the largest extra care scheme in West Sussex that Adult Social Care can nominate to. It has a mix tenure of 70 affordable rented properties as well as 35 privately owned apartments, of which Adult Social Care on behalf of Horsham District Council has nomination rights to 50 units. The care and support within the extra care scheme was originally procured by the landlord, Saxon Weald Housing Association, and the current contract is due to end January 2022.

Saxon Weald Housing Association originally developed the extra care scheme using their own investment and so procured the care contract for the social care support provided within it.  Saxon Weald have asked if West Sussex County Council can take over the procurement of the care contract and future contract management at Highwood Mill for two reasons:


            To develop the service in line with the other commissioned care contracts they hold within West Sussex.


            To ensure consistent and successful contract management of the onsite provider


A cost benefit analysis has been undertaken resulting in recommendation that West Sussex County Council take on the ongoing contract management of the scheme to bring it in line with other extra care schemes and allowing access to the existing care and support framework applied in extra care.


The Cabinet Member for Adults Services will be asked to approve the commencement of a procurement of the Care Contract within Highwood Mill Extra Care Scheme, within the current Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) Framework and delegate authority for the award of contract and any subsequent awards, within the agreed DPS Framework, to the Executive Director of Adults and Health. The care contract will commence in January 2022.


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: Horsham Riverside;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 26/03/2021

Decision due: September 2021 by Cabinet Member for Adults Services

Lead member: Councillor Amanda Jupp

Lead director: Keith Hinkley

Contact: Carrie Anderson, Extra Care Lead Email: Tel: 0330 022 22996.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made via the officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken.


Democratic Services Contact: Erica Keegan Tel: 033 022 26050

Background3: Independence In Later Life


Background papers

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