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1 Home Care Monitoring Guy Pettengell, Head of Operational Contracts

2 Hertfordshire context Hertfordshire provides Home Care services to over 8,500 service usersHertfordshire provides Home Care services to over 8,500 service users Through around 90,000 visits every weekThrough around 90,000 visits every week Around 3,000,000 hours of care per yearAround 3,000,000 hours of care per year All services provided through external provisionAll services provided through external provision

3 The aims of monitoring To ensure that contracted services continue to meet the HCC contract standards To ensure that HCC is able to offer our Service Users a range of high quality, consistent and secure home care services

4 How we use monitoring data. Evaluate and approve new providers Ongoing Contract Management –Monitor provider quality –Support remedial action where necessary

5 The process. Approval Inspection Quality Monitoring and Benchmarking Electronic Monitoring

6 Approval Process. Providers must be registered with CSCI Providers must prove they meet HCC Contract Standards HCC’s policy is to only contract with approved providers

7 Contract Standards. Standard 1The agency operates on a sound financial footing. Standard 2The agency maintains proper insurance arrangements. Standard 3The agency operates an effective Quality assurance system. Standard 4The agency ensures that management systems and staff workloads enable safe and effective service delivery to service users. Standard 5Staff are competent and receive training necessary to meet the needs of service users. Standard 6The agency complies with Health and Safety Legislation Standard 7The agency provides a professional service, respecting the rights of service users; and does not discriminate in the provision of services or its employment practices because of race, religion, gender, disability, age or sexual orientation. Standard 8The agency has effective arrangements for service users to make representation about the nature and Quality of the service received. Standard 9Service users are protected from abuse and exploitation.

8 Additional Standards for live in care providers. 24 Hour Live In Care Standard 10The agency has effective arrangements for the replacement of a careworker in case of emergency. Standard 11The agency must ensure formal monitoring of the Quality of service and standard of care provided is conducted on-site with the service user on a monthly basis. Standard 12The agency must conduct monthly on-site supervisions with care workers. Standard 13The agency produces written guidance for careworkers regarding standards of personal behaviour expected whilst providing a live in service.

9 Approval – How? Provider makes an application: –Includes 2 year Accounts –Includes appropriate insurance documentation –Includes 2 professional references

10 Contracts Officer carries out an initial evaluation of policies / procedures against contract standards Financial viability and insurance checked Employment status checked Indicative price

11 Any requirements are notified with specified timescales Once requirements met the contracts unit carries out an initial inspection If the provider passes this inspection and meets all of HCC’s contract standards they become eligible to contract, and will be added to the Approved List

12 How we monitor and strive to improve standards 1.A minimum of one annual Inspection against contract standards (inc. QMO feedback). 2.Through EF1 data. 3.Through RR1 data. 4.Through QQ1 / 2 feedback. 5.Through Electronic Monitoring. 6.Quality Matrix (Benchmarking). 7.Six monthly reviews with Block providers.

13 1.Inspection Annual Contract compliance inspection (full day) Published Inspection Report including QMO feedback Any Requirements Identified, action plan agreed Report scored (based on three levels of risk current / imminent / possible) and entered in Quality Matrix

14 EF1 (Electronic Form 1) EF1 completed monthly by SST and sent to Contracts Unit listing all concerns / complaints / compliments Concerns weighted by 14 categories / and by volume Info collated into Countywide spreadsheet to identify any trends Major concerns / issues / trends taken up directly Quarterly evaluation entered into Quality Matrix

15 3.RR1 (Referrals/Refusals Form 1) RR1 returned to Contracts by SST on a monthly basis Used to monitor take up of work inc. increases / decreases Results added into Quality Matrix

16 4. QQ1 / 2 Quality Questionnaires 1 and 2 Quality Questionnaires (QQ1) sent to SST’s for completion Quality Questionnaires (QQ2) completed by contracting team inc. electronic monitoring performance Data entered into Quality Matrix

17 5. Electronic Monitoring. A number of K.P.I’s are used in respect to monitoring provider performance, inc: –Arrival time within 15 minutes –Continuity of Care –Average length of calls –Invoice Split

18 6. Quality Matrix. All data entered quarterly into Quality Matrix The scores achieved for each of the elements are then entered to produce the final ‘Total Quality’ Score. However each individual element has a minimum ‘benchmark figure’ to exceed. –Inspection Report (60%) –Feedback from QMO’s (70%) –Quality Questionnaires (60%) –EF1 (60%) –RR1 (90%) –Electronic Monitoring criteria (75%)

19 7. Six monthly reviews All relevant data obtained through monitoring is discussed with provider (inc. QMO feedback) Actions to improve service (inc. timescales) agreed Ongoing monitoring of action plan at formal reviews (either 1, 2 or 3 monthly) Links with CSCI – e.g work ceased with Level 1 services

20 The future The Monitoring processes used by the Contracts Unit have achieved recognition as an example of Best Practice by the Audit Commission for the Joint Review Toolkit: Hertfordshire is recognised nationally as the leader in the implementation and use of Electronic Monitoring. (DOH Case Study), and in market management (CSIP e-book). However with nearly 90,000 visits each and every week things do go wrong. Because of this the Contracts Unit continues to work with colleagues to strive for continuous improvement and better quality services.

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