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					                                              Adult Social Care & Health
                                       Bassetlaw day services centre
                                             Consultation document
                                                           July 2010




     This consultation is for:
           service users
           carers
           elected members
           staff
           trade union representatives


     Contents
     Introduction                            Page 2
     Background                              Page 2
     Proposal                                Page 3
     Tell us what you think                  Page 4
     Appendix                                Page 6




Bassetlaw day services centre consultation       Page 1 of 8       July 2010
Introduction
What is this consultation about?

We are proposing to change the day service centres for people with physical or
learning disabilities in Bassetlaw and want to know what you think.

How long will the consultation last for?
The consultation finishes on 31 August 2010.

What will happen after the consultation period?

We will consider carefully all the comments made and produce a final proposal. This
will describe how the new day service will work and will have to be approved by the
elected members of the council.




Background
In 2008 we consulted on the reorganisation of day services in Bassetlaw. One of the
results of the consultation was an agreement to build a new day centre shared by
people with learning disabilities and physical disabilities on the site of the existing
Eastgate site.

However, the current economic situation means we are unable to do this. We are
still fully committed to replacing the existing centres at Eastgate and Greenacre,
which are no longer fit for purpose and not equipped to provide specialist services
for those with the most complex and challenging needs.

We have looked at a range of alternatives and have come up with a new proposal
described below. (For details of the other options considered see Appendix A.)




Bassetlaw day services centre consultation           Page 2 of 8              July 2010
Proposal
Rather than building a new centre at Eastgate we are proposing to invest an
estimated £1.7million to redevelop the existing centre.
Existing users of the Greenacre service will move to the refurbished Eastgate
centre.

The refurbished centre will:
   be used by people with learning disabilities and physical disabilities
   have separate specialist areas for people to meet their specific needs
   provide the specialist facilities required to meet the needs of the most
     dependant and vulnerable service users
   be larger than the previously proposed new-build centre
   will cost less than the previously proposed new-build centre.

The refurbished centre will open in 2012. (During the refurbishment users of
Eastgate will be offered alternative services.)

This proposal represents the best way of meeting people’s needs as well as the best
value for money out of all the options considered.


Find out more
We have already successfully refurbished day services centres in the Rushcliffe
area. These provide excellent quality specialist services and give a good idea of
what the proposed Eastgate centre will look like. If you want to visit Rushcliffe centre
to see what it looks like and what it offers ask staff at your existing day services who
will organise this for you.




Bassetlaw day services centre consultation           Page 3 of 8               July 2010
Tell us what you think
We want as many people as possible to tell us what they think of our plan to
refurbish Eastgate day centre. You can let us know your views in several ways:
    answer the questions below and hand it in to a member of staff
    answer the questions below and send it to: Bassetlaw Day Service
      consultation, Customer Service Centre, PO Box 9320, Nottingham, NG15 5BL.
    Fill in the form online:
      https://secure.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/social-care/bassetlaw-day-services/
    telephone: 08449 80 80 80
    email: customerservice.centre@nottscc.gov.uk

Please send your answers to us by 31 August 2010.



   The redevelopment of Eastgate will meet my needs.

   (Please circle the appropriate answer)

   Strongly agree        Agree      Don’t know   Disagree      Strongly disagree
                                                                 


   I support the proposal to redevelop Eastgate.

   (Please circle the appropriate answer)

   Strongly agree        Agree      Don’t know   Disagree      Strongly disagree
                                                                 


   I would like to be involved in further discussion about what the new
   service will be like.

   (Please circle the appropriate answer)

                                        Yes      No




Bassetlaw day services centre consultation            Page 4 of 8            July 2010
   I would like to visit the refurbished service in Rushcliffe

   (Please circle the appropriate answer)

                                        Yes    No

   If you circled yes please let us have your contact details so we can arrange a
   visit for you.

   Name …………………………………………………………….........................
   Address …………………………………………………………………………..

   ………………………………………………………………………………………

   ………………………………………………Postcode ………………………….

   Telephone number ………………………………………………………………



   Is there anything else you would like to say about the proposed
   redevelopment of Eastgate?




Bassetlaw day services centre consultation          Page 5 of 8             July 2010
Appendix A Other options considered

1) Do nothing - services continue to operate from existing sites

Estimated cost: zero increase

This option is that all services remain the same and we run an additional service
from the library facility.

This does not meet the service requirements as these buildings are now defunct in
addition to putting our costs up, due to having to run the library facility alongside our
existing services. The maintenance costs to carry out the essential maintenance on
these properties is significant and the ongoing costs are also considerably higher
than those of new or refurbished properties, which offer better value for money with
decreased property management and maintenance costs.

This option does not represent best value


2) Redevelop Albion Family Centre and retain Eastgate

Estimated cost: £600,000

This option looked at refurbishing the family centre to provide a new base for people
with complex learning disabilities to move from Greenacre once the library opens
and then to close Greenacre. We would then retain, but do not redevelop the
Eastgate centre for people with physical disabilities.

A noise survey confirmed that the close proximity to the railway line meant this was
not a viable option when considering a unit for people with severe disabilities and
challenging behaviour. In addition it only offered a modernised service to the service
users currently at Greenacre, but would not do the same for service users at
Eastgate. Whilst the current building is in better physical condition than Greenacre,
this was not deemed to be appropriate.

This option does not represent best value

3) Redevelop Boundary Day Centre

Estimated cost: £1,600,000


Bassetlaw day services centre consultation            Page 6 of 8               July 2010
This would involve refurbishing the Boundary Day Service to enable a change of use
and to incorporate specialist facilities then closing Greenacre and Eastgate.

The site development included improved access and security, to redress existing
concerns in these areas. There have been numerous comments and concerns
raised by carers and is therefore considered not to be an appropriate option.

This option does not represent best value

4) Redevelop Albion Family Centre and Worksop Learning Centre

Estimated cost: £1,600,000

Noise due to the close proximity to the railway line would have a negative impact
upon people with severe disabilities and challenging behaviour. The size of both
units would not meet the needs of the services and an expansion or additional new
build would be needed to meet requirements.

Operating from a split site was also considered to present significant problems
especially around accessing communal dining areas, facilities and appropriate levels
of staffing

This option does not enable us to meet people’s specialist needs nor represent best
value

5) Develop a new build “Albion Close integrated day service”

Estimated cost: £2,800,000

This option formed the original proposal consulted upon previously. It looked at
demolishing the Eastgate Centre and rebuilding a brand new specialist facility on
site for people from Eastgate and Greenacre to use alongside the new library
development.

Following the national and local economic changes this building represents a
significant capital which is no-longer achievable.

This option does not represent best value

6) Redevelop Greenacre Day Centre

Estimated cost: £3,000,000


Bassetlaw day services centre consultation         Page 7 of 8              July 2010
This option would result in the refurbishment of the existing site requiring
adaptations to provide the specialist facilities required to meet the needs of the most
dependant and vulnerable service users.

This site is in the worst condition of the options looked at, it is significantly larger
than Eastgate which increase the refurbishment and ongoing operating costs. In
addition to which the monies recouped to fund the projects developments would be
lost, this site represents a larger asset value than the other sites.

This option does not represent best value




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