Following the decision made by Care UK, the current provider of care at the home, and Portsmouth City Council, to end the contract to provide support on 31 March 2018, residents of Harry Sotnick House in Portsmouth are to have their care provided by the County Council from 1 April.
Councillor Liz Fairhurst, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said: “Hampshire County Council is the only local authority in England to be registered by the Care Quality Commission as a provider of nursing care. As such, we are pleased to be able to respond positively to the City Council's approach for assistance which will ensure the residents at the home continue to receive the care and support they need. Our priority in the next few weeks is to ensure a smooth handover, with the minimum disruption for both staff and residents.”
Councillor Luke Stubbs, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care at Portsmouth City Council, said: “We're looking forward to working closely with our colleagues at Hampshire County Council - it's a great opportunity to try a new way of working, drawing on the experience of another local authority."
Under the new arrangement, the 134 Care UK staff currently employed at Harry Sotnick, on both a full time and part time basis, will transfer to Hampshire County Council who will become their employer. Responsibility for the upkeep of the building and accommodation will remain with the City Council.
Built in 2011 by the City Council, Harry Sotnick House is a 92 bed nursing home located in Buckland, Portsmouth. Residents, their families, and staff have been kept fully informed of the proposals relating to the new care arrangements.
The new arrangements will be put in place initially for a period of up to two years.
Hampshire County Council owns and runs seven residential homes, seven residential and nursing homes, and three nursing homes for older people.