Residential Care Placements Sufficiency review

Information about a review of care home provision in North Lincolnshire and how you can have your say.

The market message

North Lincolnshire Council is committed to supporting our residents to live and age well through:

  • enabling self-care
  • care closer to home
  • the right care in the right place to make best use of resources

More of our residents are being supported to remain in their own homes for longer. This means that as a whole, North Lincolnshire now has an oversupply of care home places for older adults, as well as changing needs for specialist provision.

Why this is important

We need a high-quality care home market which can adapt to meet the future needs of our older adults.

Background information

North Lincolnshire has 59 care homes registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), with an approximate capacity of 1,970 placements.

Occupancy levels in individual care homes range from 35 per cent to 100 per cent.

In April 2021, 85 per cent of care homes were rated as either ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by the CQC. Occupancy levels are generally higher in homes rated as ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’.

Main points to note

A review in July 2020 showed there were 1,509 occupied residential care home placements in North Lincolnshire. Out of the 1,970 total places available, this equates to an average vacancy rate of 24 per cent.

In order to operate at the recommended minimum average vacancy rate of 12 per cent, that would require a total of only 1,715 available placements. This suggests an oversupply of 255 available placements.

Next steps

North Lincolnshire Council is currently undertaking a review of provision and need across the care sector. A series of engagement events will be held with stakeholders throughout 2021/22. This will include current and prospective providers, residents, carers and families.

How to get involved

To get involved, please complete your contact information on the form below.

Implications for the supplier market

We wish to work with and support providers of care home placements to:

  • rethink and redesign the care we provide for older adults
  • develop and embrace innovative and high-quality solutions to meet future needs

We are committed to:

  • meeting need at the lowest level
  • inform and support the market to develop and embrace innovative solutions
  • adapt and transform to Invest in North Lincolnshire


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