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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Find information about community support and our services during the coronavirus pandemic, on our information for residents pages, our information for businesses pages, and our community support hub page which has guidance to help coordinate community organisations.

See a summary of our Local Outbreak Control Plan and read our frequently asked questions. 

Commissioning

COVID 19 Provider Information

West Berkshire Council is supporting providers of social care services across the region. Specific arrangements include provision of PPE and additional finances where appropriate.       

PPE

Providers are asked to make use of their supply chains in the first instance for all PPE requirements. Where this becomes untenable, we ask that providers contact the council through our covid.19.eoc@westberks.gov.uk email address. Upon receipt of queries each provider will be asked to complete a proforma that will be used in a daily panel meeting to review and allocate the locally held PPE. At the moment, access to this stock of PPE is reserved for emergency scenarios and for use in line with the prevailing Public Health advice.

Additional Funding

The council has a desire to ensure that social care providers are sustained throughout this period and beyond, and are currently accepting applications for additional funding. Funding is available for a range of reasons related to Covid-19. A claim request form is available from commissioning@westberks.gov.uk.

The following measures are also in place:

  • West Berkshire Council has moved to immediate payment terms for all providers
  • Cancelled social care services (due to social distancing measures) will be paid.

Central government Furlough scheme should be used in all eligible cases.

The Government has also announced targeted funding to care homes for support with infection control.  West Berkshire Council's Commissioning team will be in contact with care homes in our area to provide them with the relevant information.


Our Commissioning Team works to improve outcomes and value for money from the goods, works and services used throughout the council, which include social care services to building works, to highways repairs, IT software and catering.

We hold a variety of contracts either with single providers, through framework agreements involving multiple partners or in long term partnership arrangements. 

We also host the Berkshire Community Equipment Store contract on behalf of six authorities and four Clinical Commissioning Groups. 

We have five key areas relating to commissioning:

Contact

June Graves, Head of Commissioning(01635) 519733
Karen Felgate, Service Manager, Commissioning(01635) 519952
Robert Bradfield, Service Manager, Commissioning(01635) 519925
Thomas Bailey, Team Leader Commissioning(01635) 519021
Mark Brown, Contracts and Procurement Officer(01635) 519586
Trish Guest, Commissioner (Berkshire Community Equipment Service)(01635) 503141
Lynne Philpott, PA to Head of Commissioning(01635) 503279