The Committee considered a report advising of the termination of the County Handy Van Scheme and future arrangements. Appended to the report were details of alternate practical resources in Derbyshire (Appendix A) and a report from Connex (Appendix B) who had been commissioned to run the scheme in North Derbyshire.
Gill Geddes of Connex was in attendance at the meeting and provided members with a brief overview of the service, particularly in respect of its work with vulnerable people which often led to the identification of other issues and signposting to relevant services. It was commented that the loss of the service is in conflict with the pressure on health and social care services in its role in facilitating clients’ safe return home from hospital and will impact on the stability of the organisation as a whole. Gill also made reference to the valuable contribution of staff involved in the scheme.
In response to a query regarding alternative service provision going forward, it was noted that the alternative practical resources offered were not a like for like replacement for the service with may affect the most vulnerable. Further details were required around how the services could be accessed.
Although Connex had been informed of the cessation of the service at the end of the November, wider communication had been slow. Members were also concerned around the lack of consultation prior to the decision being made.
1. That Gill be thanked for her attendance and contribution to the meeting;
2. That the concerns of the committee as set out above be conveyed to Derbyshire County Council.