Agenda and draft minutes

Improvement and Scrutiny Committee - People - Monday, 10 January 2022 3.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, County Hall, Matlock, DE4 3AG

Contact: Alisha Parker  Email:

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Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of interest (if any)


Minutes pdf icon PDF 207 KB

To confirm the non-exempt minutes of the meeting of the Improvement and Scrutiny Committee – People held on 23 September 2021.


RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 23 September 2021 be confirmed as a correct record.


Public Questions (30 minute maximum in total) pdf icon PDF 104 KB

(Questions may be submitted to be answered by the Scrutiny Committee, or Council officers who are attending the meeting as witnesses, on any item that is within the scope of the Committee. Please see the procedure for the submission of questions at the end of this agenda)



There were no public questions.


The future of Direct Care Homes for Older People pdf icon PDF 662 KB


The Council owned and ran 23 residential care homes for older people which made it one of the largest local authority providers of residential care in the country. There were 11 other residential care homes ran by local authorities across the East Midlands Region. Each service was individually registered with the Care Quality Commission and inspected by them to ensure the required standards were being met. In 2018, detailed property condition surveys were commissioned in relation to a number of these homes, focusing on general building condition and electrical systems in the older homes. These reports were commissioned in the context of concerns that the ageing buildings were no longer considered fit for purpose and a concern for the state of the buildings given their age and the ongoing need to ensure the safety and wellbeing of residents both now and in the future. The Director of Adult Social Services advised Cabinet Members that an appropriate and rapid course of action was needed to mitigate the concerns raised and thereby ensure the ongoing safety of residents.


Significant maintenance, renovation and refurbishment needs were identified which included the requirement for arrangements to be made for the homes to be rewired by September 2022 in addition to significant refurbishment works. To complete these major works Adult Care was advised that there would be significant disruption to residents including the potential requirement for people to move out of their home for up to 40 weeks whilst the work was undertaken.


As a result of the inspections and alongside implementing the urgent mitigation measures, a 12 week public consultation was undertaken early in 2020, following a report to Cabinet on 23 January 2020 regarding the proposed possible closure of the following 7 residential care homes as well as the refurbishment of several others. The consultation regarding the possible closure of the seven homes followed advice from the council’s Corporate Property Department that these homes required a full electrical rewire by September 2022 to meet current safety standards. On 4 June 2020, Cabinet made a decision following the report, the decisions had been outlined within the report.


          The Interim Market Position Statement for Older People’s Nursing, Residential, Extra Care and Homecare Services 2021 – 2022 (“IMPS”), which was published in June 2021 highlighted that people were continuing to choose to live at home for longer and that people were entering care homes later in life and with more acute needs, which had resulted in a reduction in the demand for long-term residential care and an increased demand for nursing care and homecare. The information contained within the IMPS was relied upon to support the recommendation to conduct a consultation exercise on the proposals regarding possible closure of the homes identified.


          It was proposed that the Council consulted on the three viable options from the five contained within the report. The relevant factors to be considered as part of any consultation of the viable options had also been outlined. It was proposed that formal public  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4/19