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Shalder House consultation - Closed
The Shalder House consultation is now closed
Shalder House is currently used as a rehabilitation facility for
people who have complex issues that primarily relate to
vulnerabilities in terms of complex social or housing needs rather
than social care needs.
Is the proposal to decommission the service a cost-saving
During the service's last inspection by the Care Quality
Commission, the service was considered to provide very good care,
however, the fabric of the building was criticised.
While the care is good, it is not cost effective. There are
currently 13 employees employed to deliver the service for a
maximum capacity of 11 units. Since November 2010, 38 people
received a service and their average length of stay was 49 days
(seven weeks). Based on this average length of stay the
occupancy has on average been at 51 per cent. When fully
occupied the weekly cost of running a unit at Shalder House is £722
and this cost increases if occupancy is less than 100 per cent.
Do people in Medway still need the services offered by Shalder
Yes. We are consulting with referral agencies to ensure that the
proposed closure will provide the best opportunity for care
managers to practice their social work skills and effectively use
the wide range of housing-related support and care services in
The wrap-around care required for the relevant service users
will be provided by the relevant primary home care provider for
that geographical area, relevant health professionals and there
will e be nominated workers trained in enablement to ensure that
the person moves on; either to their home, another suitable
independent living setting, or where necessary a more formal care
Is the council planning to sell the building?
Subject to the outcome of the consultation, the current proposal
is that the site be sold.
How quickly will the decision be implemented?
Subject to the decision by cabinet, officers would use the
call-in period to develop an implementation plan that considers the
current and future needs of the resident service users.
What is a call-in period and why does it exist?
"Call-in" is a period of five working
days following a decision by Medway Council's cabinet during
which any six members of the council can refer a decision to the
next meeting of the relevant Overview and Scrutiny Committee for
The relevant Overview and Scrutiny
Committee will discuss the decision that has been called-in and can
either agree to take no further action (in which case the
decision takes effect) or to recommend a different course of action
At the next cabinet
meeting, the recommendations
from Overview and Scrutiny Committee are presented. Then cabinet
reconsiders its original
decision. It either
confirms it or
different course of action other than that recommended by Overview
Shalder House consultation documents
The consultation ended on Thursday, 15 December,
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