The Trust has established North East Dartmoor Care Community Interest Company as a subsidiary.
This is in response to a dire lack of social care for older people in the area. The situation is such that Devon County Council describes the area covered by the parishes of Moretonhampstead, North Bovey, Manaton, Lustleigh, Bridford, Christow, Dunsford, Cheriton Bishop, Drewsteignton and Chagford as being in a state of “market failure” in adult social care. For older people who need help to stay at home longer, or for people returning home from either hospital, respite or short term residential stays, this lack of care can have severe consequences.
We have conducted extensive community engagement and consultation exercises, examined feasibility and developed a Business Plan for establishing a not-for profit, domiciliary care agency registered with the Care Quality Agency (CQC).
Whilst aiming to deliver personalised, responsive and flexible care of the highest quality, the NED Care Business Model has advantages over those of purely commercial agencies, in that it is;
- Locally based and working in partnership with existing community support networks.
- Aiming to build a skilled, engaged and committed local workforce, operating under the best possible terms and conditions.
- “Locally employed staff – deployed locally,” ensures that NED Care services can be accessed in areas beyond the reach of existing agencies, based off the moor.
- Putting people before profits.
- Community-led, community-owned and committed to improving conditions for those in most need in the area.
With the help of the League of Friends of Moretonhampstead Hospital (now Health Hub) we also provide ‘quick-win’ services to help people access existing care and support, including a local Carers Register, recruitment and employment support for people on Direct Payments, support for self-employed carers (such as access to training to improve quality standards,) and information advice and signposting, for example to existing community based services.
The latest good news is that – thanks to the League of Friends and our many other friends who supported the 2016 Crowd Funding campaign – we have been able to raise start-up funds to establish the CQC registered domiciliary care agency – our ‘core business.’ Within the set-up phase, the main cost is of employing a qualified and experienced Registered Manager to produce all the CQC complaint policies and procedures required to take NED Care through the CQC registration process and to take the lead on operational planning. Other staff costs include ongoing business development, to secure new clients, recruit care staff and lead on business management, plus marketing and admin support, HR and legal consultancy costs.
We are hoping that we will achieve Registration in May 2017 so that we can get on with providing the full professional service that our community needs so much.
For more information, see www.nedcare.org