The reablement service, including both RaH and ARC, has been increasing in provision since May 2021 and is currently contracted to deliver 13,650 hours of reablement care at home each week. These figures can be adjusted if required, and increases to the contracted hours have been actioned, based on the availability of additional winter funding.
There are three bridging services across the County, two are contracted directly by ECC in the North and West, with a further service, covering Mid and South Essex, contracted by our NHS partner for this area. This service is vital to improve and maintain service discharge speeds in accordance with NHS guidelines.
We have encountered past recruitment issues, but the workforce market is now far more stable with many providers indicating an improved recruitment and retention position, especially with many no utilising the UK Visa Sponsorship programme to encourage recruitment from aboard.