David Bell (Interim Managing Director Croydon Care Solutions Ltd ) gave a presentation on the progress made by Croydon Care Solution Ltd (the Local Authority Trading Company [LATC]) that was established in March 2011. The presentation covered areas of bespoke services to the authority, the procurement hub and proposed developments of service for Autistic clients and enablement facilities.
The company is now being used by Merton Council who joined the integrated procurement hub in February 2012 and Sutton Council joined at the beginning of October 2012.
In response to questions he covered governance of the company with the authority as the shareholder and the company having its own banking and accounting systems. Croydon Care Solutions Ltd is the holding company, currently with two subsidiary companies Croydon Day Opportunities Ltd covering day to day services for clients in particular those with a learning disability and Croydon Equipment Solutions Ltd covering community equipment services and the DH sponsored integrated procurement hub.
Day Opportunities currently have over 200 clients, including 170 clients receiving day services daily. Support plans are put in place for each client covering clients' abilities and needs. He went on to talk about the activities that are organised for each group.
He spoke about two Day Opportunities future initiatives, the development of a bespoke autism service and the strategy to create an Enablement Suite at Cherry Orchard with 6 on-suite rooms having the latest equipment that will support an "experiential" centre for Transition clients and their parents; as well as enablement and respite programmes for all client groups.
Equipment Solutions delivered 25,000 items of equipment and services to over 8,000 Croydon households last year. Croydon is the lead borough for the integrated procurement hub with Equipment Solutions the delivery arm. Managing a full shared equipment service for Croydon, Merton and Sutton has required putting in place new systems and processes to sustain the integrated procurement hub.
The Chairman of the Panel thanked David Bell for his presentation and congratulated him and his colleagues on the progress that has been made.
Questions were asked by members covering the integrated procurement hub and it use by other boroughs, governance arrangements and ownership, enablement and re enablement and provision of equipment.