Person Centred Care the mantra of the specification. The contract looks good and the opportunity is a means of securing income.
The reality is often that we are competitively bidding at the council’s fixed rate. This is often below the market hourly charge.
The example that springs to mind, the National Care Association in the publication “2019 Social Care Briefing paper”, the authors noted that:
The result being that Local Authorities feel comfortable commissioning complex care at unrealistically low prices – a patient in an NHS facility with assessed care needs costs the state over £2000 p/w but on discharge the commissioner will expect to purchase the same care in more homely surrounding for about £600 per week. Clearly, there is a disconnect between what we pay for care!
This is reflected at a local level when we compare the real cost and the price paid. This is one of the motivations for pushing more Not for Profit providers into the marketplace. However, Not for Profits must at less remain ahead of the “breakeven point”.
As experienced care sector project managers the team addresses the key factors that reduce overheads and unavoidable cost centres.
Work processes, the greatest efficiency in all service provision remains to “meet the need as it arises”. It sounds simple, with the right systems it can be. This always requires discipline and a responsive approach.
A delays cost time and therefore money. Therefore, maximise your communication tools, understand how to ensure your client need to contact your team, armed with the up to date information the next visit is successful in meeting that need.
Effective communication tools add value to the offer and can reduce the face to face time a client requires.
Access to assistive technologies is often understood to be the answer to prayer, however, access to additional community support is where the real added value occurs.
Our Offer to Social Care providers
Recently registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), want to get on the Dynamic Purchasing List and then win the mini-competitions?
Our social care setup tools enable you to gather the right evidence, provide information on the level of experience and competence, get the finances right. This includes understanding how to calculate your hourly rate, project income based on knowledge of the sector funding and contracts. Our team of experienced project manager ensures you are ready to tender.
We ensure that you remain competitive and we will help you through the first tenders as part of the tender readiness process.
To win the strategy is simple:
- Cost sensitivity
- Realistic plans
- Let your work speak
New start-up or years in the sector these tools are designed to streamline your tendering process, contracting arrangements and ensure that your business remains competitive.
Contact Us for information about all our bid and tender writing services.