New contract leads to job opportunities for care workers

MiHomecare Limited office opening in Okehampton

Posted on: 12 July 2016

A new contract to deliver home care to people in the Okehampton and Moretonhampstead areas is leading to job opportunities for potential care workers.

MiHomecare Limited is one of three care providers that have been awarded contracts with Devon County Council, NEW Devon CCG and South Devon and Torbay CCG, to deliver personal care to people in their own homes.

Devon, like the rest of the UK, has too few care workers, so the Council and the CCGs agreed through the new home care contracts to pay care providers more, so that they can recruit staff, pay them more and provide better training opportunities and support.

The contract with MiHomecare Limited is expected to generate more than 60 care worker and office-based jobs in the area.

Ahead of the contracts starting later this month, MiHomecare has reopened its office at Wykeham house in Okehampton as a base for their business.

As well as employing their own care workers, they will be co-ordinating and supporting other local care providers that deliver care and support through the contract.

Devon County Council’s Vice Chairman, Councillor Rose Rowe, and local Devon County Councillor Kevin Ball, attended MiHomecare’s new office opening.

Cllr Rose RoweCllr Rowe said:

“Over the last two years Devon County Council , working with our NHS partners, has been designing a new service called ‘Living Well at Home’.  We call it that because we want people to have lives that are as full as possible, even when they need that bit of extra help.

“MiHomecare will organise the delivery of care and support in the home for people who the Council and NHS have assessed as needing support.

“They’ll deliver that care and support themselves, or will work with other care providers in the area to co-ordinate the delivery of that service, 365 days a year.”

Cllr Kevin BallCllr Ball said:

“This is great news for Okehampton.  Demand for care in people’s own homes is continuing to grow, and I’m pleased that the Council’s new contracts promote better working arrangements for care workers.

“MiHomecare’s new offices in Okehampton represent an opportunity for people to pursue a very much valued career in the care industry.”

Narinder Singh, managing director of MiHomecare said:

“I’m delighted that we’re working in partnership with Devon’s health and social care authorities to deliver quality care in the area. It’s great that we’re expanding our service provision to Okehampton and Moretonhampstead and in doing so that we can offer new job opportunities for local people.”

MiHomecare Limited’s contract with the authorities is worth £7 million over its five-year term.

The Council and the CCGs arrange personal care and support for more than 4,000 people every week across the county, delivering over two million hours of care and support to people in their own homes each year.

Cllr Stuart BarkerDevon County Councillor Stuart Barker, Cabinet Member with responsibility for adult social care, said on behalf of the three commissioning authorities:

“Good quality community-based care is essential to help support vulnerable people to live independently at home for longer.  Our new contracts are an important step in helping to improve the quality and supply of personal care services, and to bring greater pride in the sector.

“Care workers do a really important job for the people of Devon and we are investing more into these contracts to ensure that they will be paid for all the hours they work including travelling time and that they receive at least the national living wage.  It will also encourage support and training for staff to ensure a good supply of quality care services for the future.  These improvements extend to care workers employed by MiHomecare Limited and to carers sub-contracted to them for this agreement.

“MiHomecare Limited is a key partner in helping us to deliver better services, and by working closely with the many existing local providers we hope they can help us to drive improvement, increase efficiency and boost supply across the county.”

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