Homecare providers have better grasp of the market

Posted on November 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Domiciliary care providers in Kent have a better grasp of the local market situation then providers of residential care, according to the latest joint report from the Audit Commission and Social Services Inspectorate, which has called for a greater sharing of information between the authority and providers. The report found that, while 85% of domiciliary care providers were members of representative organisations, only 30 to 40% of residential care providers were members of an association. “Most of the albeit small number of providers with whom the joint review team spoke did not have a developed understanding of their local market situation, although this applied less to domiciliary care providers than to their residential counterparts,” the report said. “The sophisticated market intelligence of the commissioning authority far outstrips that of the providers. Because of past legal challenges, the authority has been chary of sharing this information on the grounds of commercial sensitivity, but that leaves pr

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