Shaping the Market for Personalisation
The Adults and Communities directorate is working with service providers so that there will be a range of services to meet people's needs in the future. As part of this, we are introducing a different way of contracting with providers. We will be using a new framework agreement when we commission services from care homes, care homes with nursing and home support services.
The framework agreement sets out what we expect from organisations that provide services to people in Birmingham on our behalf. If your organisation is interested in providing the kind of services that we commission, you will need to 'sign up' to our new approach to adult social care.
Matrix SCM have created a new Helpdesk Number 0871 474 0332 that providers are able to use if they need to reset their password to use Sproc-Net, or they have any technical issues they may have using this system.
An example of a technical issue is that if a Provider is trying to submit an offer through Sproc-Net and for some reason they are not able to submit the offer then this would be the time to call Matrix directly to enable the issue to be resolved quickly.
Providers can continue to use the Commissioning Enquiry Desk number 0121 303 3893 if they have any other queries in relation to the Sproc-Net system.
|The Framework Application process for both Home Support and Care Homes with/without Nursing has re-opened from 1st August 2013.
To access the new application form, terms and conditions and the schedules that underpin the Framework please go to the In-Tend site:
Please read the attached 'Application Policy August 2013' document for instructions regarding the Framework Agreement. This is relevant to you whether you are a new Provider or an existing Provider.
New Framework Agreements
Commissioning is introducing new Contractual Arrangements with external providers. The new Adults and Communities Framework Agreement will replace contracting arrangements across all client groups, for care homes with and without nursing (both long and short term provision) and home support provision.
The attached document is an update on the current position in relation to the Micro Tendering through the Sproc-net system for Providers, it also gives the proposed dates when the system will go live for various Hospital Teams over the next few weeks for your information.
Please see attached a letter from Elizabeth Ross Assistant Director - Operational Commmisioning updating providers of the re-opening of the Sproc.net system for Bed Based Providers on 9th December 2013.
Please find below Action Cards produced by Public Health England outlining guidance for various bodies in relation to protecting health and reducing harm from cold weather
Please find below a document produced by The Public Health Department outlining guidance for Care Providers in relation to protecteing health and reducing harm from cold weather
Please find below a letter from Elizabeth Ross, Assistant Director Operational Commissioning, confirming Cabinet's agreement to increase care fees for Bed Based providers with effect from 1st October 2013.
Please find below the slides that were presented at the Provider Forums that were held at Birmingham Science Park on 24th October 2013. They relate to the Data Sharing Process and the Provision of Care.
Please find below the new FHS SS8046 variation form and guidance notes which needs to be completed by purchaser or provider in the event of variations to Home Support Packages
Phone courier "police" scammers targeting elderly in Birmingham
SCAMMERS who pretend to be police officers in order to trick people into handing over their bank cards to a fake ‘courier’ are targeting the elderly in Birmingham.
Three people are known to have been approached since the start of October prompting police to issue a warning to older people across the area.
In all three crimes one of the tricksters has called claiming to be a PC Miller based at Holborn police station in London and have even quoted a fictional police officer ID number of 3553.
They have then told their victims that they have two men in custody and that they have found a cloned bank card containing their personal details. The man has then told them to contact their bank immediately in order to ensure that no money has been withdrawn from their account.
But the thieves jam the telephone, meaning that when the victims have called their bank, they have actually spoken to the same fraudster who called them in the first place. It means the target of the scam has unwittingly disclosed their bank details to the fraudster.
At this point, the offender has claimed to need the original bank card as evidence and has offered to send a ‘courier’ to the victim’s address to collect it. Once this has been done, the cards have been used along with the PIN numbers to withdraw as much cash as possible.
Despite three people being contacted in the West Midlands, two fraud savvy pensioners refused to fall for the con and wouldn’t give their details even when pushed by the callous crooks.
Detective Inspector Neil Postins, from West Midlands Police’s Economic Crime Unit, said: “We know that these highly organised thieves are specifically targeting older people in and around Birmingham.
“This is what we refer to as a ‘courier scam’ and is something we have seen used in other parts of the country for a number of years. Whilst some of the elements of the method may vary, the concept tends to remain the same and it is vital that people remain vigilant against this type of activity.
“If you’ve got elderly relatives or neighbours, please make sure they are aware of this scam and remind them never to disclose their bank details or hand over their cards to anyone who they’re not sure is legitimate.”
Protect yourself against courier fraud:
- Your bank will never send a courier to your home
- Your bank and the police will never collect your bank card
- Your bank and the police will never ask for your PIN
- If you receive one of these calls end it immediately
If you’ve been a victim:
- Report it to Action Fraud – call 0300 123 2040 or visit www.actionfraud.police.uk
- If you have handed over any details to the fraudster, call your bank and cancel your cards immediately.
- If you want to call your bank, then do it from another telephone.
Birmingham West and Central KIN
Serving our communities and protecting them from harm.
Additional Drop-in Training Sessions for Bed Based Care Providers
Please see additional training sessions whereby you can 'drop-in' and become more familiar with the SProc.net system and micro procurement process. These sessions have proved to be very popular in working with providers in a more detailed and individual way to respond to queries etc.
The Training has been scheduled for the morning of 10th October 2013. You will need to book a place and a time slot and this can be done using the following link:
If you have any other query please contact us at Shapingthemarket@Birmingham.gov.uk
Please note that the framework for new applicants will close on the 14th October 2013 and it is anticipated that the framework will re-open in approximately three months time. This will allow time for collegues to process the applications already submitted as well as allowing time for the system to settle.
Please find below a copy of the Birmiingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility for your information:
There are a number of Safeguarding Workshops for Providers being held over the next 3 months, details of the areas to be covered on these workshops and how to book a placement is shown on the attachment below
The document below includes supporting documentation that relates to the Revised Schedule 20 Data Processing Agreement
Please find attached a letter from Elizabeth Ross Assisistant Director operationalCommissioning giving an update on the launch of the Micro Tendering Service for Bed Based Services.
The letter also includes details of Training Opportunities for Bed Based Providers in preperation for the launch of the Micro Tendering process, also attached is the revised version and summary of Schedule 20 - Data Processing Agreement for your information.
Please find attached a letter from Elizabeth Ross Assisistant Director Operational Commissioning giving an update on the Open Book2 Cabinet Report and the Micro Tendering Bed Based Services for your information.
The letter also includes details of Training Opportunities for Bed Based Providers in preparation for the launch of the Micro Tendering in September 2013
The Health and Safety Executive has guidance on how to stay safe in excessive heat conditions and employer responsibilities which you can access by clicking the following links:Workplace health, safety and welfare. Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 Approved Code of Practice
The link below is to a short video that explains ways that Care Homes can support some of the most frail and ill older people in this country. They need to plan and deliver care carefully if they are to avoid adding to the numbers needing hospital admissions.
Please find below the presentaion that was presented at the KPMG follow up forum at The Priory Rooms on Thursday 13th June 2013.
Please find attached the draft KPMG report for Open Book Accounting 2 based on the questionnaire returns:
Please find attached the Open Book2 Next Steps and Key Dates Presentation which was shared at the Open Book Provider Forums on 21st May 2013.
Please find attached the Payment Schedule Dates for the 2013/14 financial year for both Home Support and Bed Based provision.
Please find attached a letter from Elizabeth Ross, Assistant Director – Operational Commissioning, informing Home Support Providers of a number of webinar sessions that are to be held on the 4th and 6th June 2013.
Please help us recruit 'Experts by experience' for the Citizen-led Quality Boards
Over the last two years, Adults & Communities has worked with service users and carers to set up two Citizen-led Quality Boards - one for Assessment & Support Planning and one for Commissioning. Both Boards are now established, but still have vacancies, and we are asking for your help in identifying any member of the public who you think might be interested, and making them aware of the opportunity. Details of the work of the Boards, information for applicants, and an application form, are available on the Council website at http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/cqb
Many of the Directorate's service users and their carers have talents, skills and experience which would enable them to make an important contribution to the Quality Boards' work to improve adult social care in the city. Board membership would also provide them with a stimulating & rewarding experience, and benefit their personal development.
We are asking you to do some talent spotting, and maybe offer encouragement & support if people are uncertain whether to put themselves forward.
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