Agenda Item No. 5


The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health): 14th July, 2014


Report of the Director of Social Services


Closure of First Grade Care Day Service


Purpose of the Report

1.         This report provides an update for elected Members in relation to the Closure of First Grade Care Day Service.  [View Request for Consideration]


1.         That Scrutiny Committee notes the report.

Reason for the Recommendation

1.         To update elected Members.


2.         On 12th of June 2014, First Grade Care (a private provider) wrote to people who use  their day service, advising them that the day centre is closing from 11th July.  The service has been supporting 19 service users, the majority of them attending for one or two sessions per week.

Relevant Issues and Options

3.         The staff of First Grade Care have worked closely with Adult Services to ensure that the closure causes service users and carers as little disruption as possible, partly through establishing the assessed needs of the individuals supported by the service.  This means that we can act quickly to make available appropriate alternatives when the centre closes.

4.         There are alternative provisions available within the Vale of Glamorgan, including our own day service based at Rondel House, home care provision, and other third sector providers of day services.

5.         Service users have been advised to contact us via our ContactOne Vale (C1V) service if they are concerned and need our support to find alternative services which can meet their requirements for care and support.  If service users are known to our assessment/care management team, social workers are in dialogue with First Grade Care to identify support following the centre's closure.

6.         First Grade Care will continue to operate as a domiciliary care provider.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

7.         The resource implications of providing alternative care as a matter of urgency are difficult to predict at this time.  For some individuals, their assessed needs will be through existing services, for others, more customised solutions will need to be arranged and these may be more expensive.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

8.         As care and support provision is available in the Vale of Glamorgan, there are no sustainability and climate change implications as a direct result of this report.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

9.         There are no legal implications as a direct result of this report.

Crime and Disorder Implications

10.      There are no crime and disorder implications as a direct result of this report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

11.      There are no equal opportunities implications as a direct result of this report.

Corporate/Service Objectives

12.      As part of its service commissioning role, the Council seeks to ensure that a range of service provision is available within a mixed economy of care to help it manage situations where providers withdraw care and support at short notice.

Policy Framework and Budget

13.      The report is in accordance with the Council's policy framework and budget.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

14.      Not applicable.


Contact Officer

Lance Carver


Officers Consulted

Carys Lord


Responsible Officer

Phil Evans, Director of Social Services