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Fair pricing tool for adult care services

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Gloucestershire County Council and other Regional Centres of Excellence are aiming to secure the best possible deal when buying residential care placements for people with learning disabilities. The tool has already achieved savings of£1.2m for six local authorities in the South West and is projected to make savings of at least£3m in the region by 2010.

Specialist care homes across the region have highly variable costs which are difficult for authorities to contest. Based on a cost model which is continually fine-tuned with data from across the South West, the tool provides a fair estimate of costs for complex care needs for authorities and service providers.

It provides an up-to-date database of providers and placements to enable social workers to search quickly for vacancies and spot any inconsistencies in prices being charged to different authorities. The database also provides local and regional information on the nature and cost of placements which can be used for future planning purposes.

The South West and South East Centres of Excellence are working withother Regional Centres of Excellence to support the development of thetool as a nationally available service. It is also being modified so that itcan be applied to other areas of adult and children’s servicescommissioning.

The RCOE’s document Delivering Efficiency Nowcan be viewed here.

For more information contact:

Helen Maunder, South West Centre of Excellence, 07796 941643,

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