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Matter which the Chairman has decided is urgent by reason of the need to consider this reference at the same time as a Request for Consideration which is on the Agenda for the meeting at Agenda Item No. 4

 

Agenda Item No. 10 (i)

 

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (SOCIAL CARE AND HEALTH): 15 APRIL, 2013.

 

REFERENCE FROM CABINET:    8 APRIL, 2013

 

C1293            THE CLOSURE OF BRYNEITHIN RESIDENTIAL CARE HOME (REF) –

 

Members were informed of the closure of Bryneithin Residential Care Home and approval was sought to agree the arrangements being put in place to consider the future use of the site.

 

On 5 November, 2012 Cabinet resolved that “the Council's current position on Bryneithin is that it continues to operate as a registered care home.  This commitment would continue for as long as necessary.  Consideration to further options for the future use of the site would be given as and when appropriate’’.

 

Bryneithin had not admitted any new residents since the decision to close was made by Cabinet in December 2009.  Since this time, the staffing resource at the home had been constantly reviewed and tailored to meet the care needs of reducing numbers of residents.

 

The last resident of Bryneithin had left the Home and it was now closed.  This matter could now be made public, without jeopardising the rights of any service user to privacy and confidentiality.  The site continues to provide temporary catering facilities for two other residential care homes, while essential refurbishment was carried out to their kitchens. 

 

It was essential that the Bryneithin site was kept secure throughout any period of transition.  Extensive security arrangements were already in place and these would be reviewed when the remaining services were withdrawn from the site.

 

A corporate project group was being set up to consider future use of the site, led by the Head of Adult Services and with assistance from the Council's Major Projects Unit.  From the outset, the project group would consider options for the site that would assist the Council in meeting the social care needs of older people.  It should be noted that this exercise would be conducted in the context of there being no funds available from the Council's capital programme.  The project group would seek to engage with relevant stakeholders, including the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.  

 

This was a matter for Executive decision

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)       T H A T the closure of the Bryneithin Residential Care Home be noted.

 

(2)       T H A T the arrangements to generate possible options for the Bryneithin site to assist in meeting older people's need for care and support, once it has been vacated be approved.

 

(3)       T H A T the Director of Social Services produce regular reports for Cabinet outlining the progress made with this work.

 

(4)       T H A T Cabinet receive an options appraisal in due course to enable informed decisions about the Bryneithin site.

 

(5)       T H A T  the Director of Social Services be authorised to make arrangements for securing the Bryneithin site, including the demolition of the buildings if necessary, in consultation with the Leader, the Cabinet Member for Adult Services and the Managing Director.

 

(6)       T H A T the report be forwarded to the Social Care and Health Scrutiny Committee for information.

 

(7)       T H A T a Cabinet working group be established, led by the Cabinet Member for Adult Services to oversee and be involved in all future options for the Bryneithin site and any consultation with the relevant stakeholders

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1)       To acknowledge the decision to close the Bryneithin site.

 

(2-4)    To approve the arrangements being put in place to consider future use of the Bryneithin site.

 

(5)       To secure the site cost effectively.

 

(6)       To inform the Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health).

 

(7)       To be fully involved in the decision making process.

 

 

Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 8 April, 2013

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