Issue details

Extension of Day Services Contracts (Adults with Learning Disabilities)

Learning disability day services are delivered through contracts with 9 independent organisations.


These services, along with the Council’s in-house day services, meet customers social care needs, as defined under the Care Act 2014, by promoting independent living and wellbeing by providing a range of functions:


  • Support to those that struggle to access their community independently and for those with complex physical needs - personal and/or practical care at the day centre;
  • Training and skills development to support independence;
  • Work based training and support to enable people to move into supported or open employment;
  • Coordination of social and recreational activities;
  • Provision of a meeting place to build relationships beyond those with carers and staff, thus reducing social isolation and loneliness;
  • Supported stimulating activities for people with profound multiple disabilities; and
  • Carers respite.


Taking up the extension will allow the County Council and its health partners to explore future delivery models and associated cost structures which, in line with the Lifelong Disability and Autism Market Position Statement objectives, will lead to new models of support which focus on progression, increased independence and community based relationships resulting in a reduction of building base day services.


The contracts with the independent providers were let on a 5 year term, commencing 1st April 2015, with the option for a 2 year extension (Decision Ref: HA11 12/13). The Executive Director Adults and Health is asked to extend the contracts with the independent providers for a further two years to 31 March 2022.


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 12/02/2020

Decision due: April 2020 by Interim Executive Director Adults and Health

Lead member: Kim Curry, Executive Director Adults and Health

Contact: Karen Young, Contract Manager, Learning Disability and Mental Health Email: Tel: 0330 022 23794.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Executive Director for Adults and Health via the officer contact.

Democratic Services Contact: Erica Keegan Tel: 0330 022 26050

Background3: A Strong, Safe and Sustainable Place


Background papers

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