BBC Radio 4 - You and Yours - 20 March 2017

BBC Radio 4 - You and Yours - 28 October 2016

Ray Hart talks to Peter White about the need to review contracts for hidden clauses about payments to be made when rooms become vacant due to resident deaths Listen to the interview here

BBC Radio 5 - Live Daily - 23rd February 2016

Ray Hart is interviewed by Adrian Chiles AC

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Extract 2 - What is a fair price for care?

BBC Radio 4 - You & Yours - 25th January 2016

Ray Hart, Director at Valuing Care, is interviewed by Winifred Robinson Care home fees for people funding themselves could rise by between six and ten percent by the time the new national living wage comes into force in April, according to industry watchers. We hear from…

 

Building Better Healthcare - 22nd September 2016

Ray Hart, director at Valuing Care, explains why it is now time to step up CHC purchasing processes and ditch the burdensome methods that commissioners have battled with for years As the NHS keeps having to find efficiencies, while also trying to identify new and better ways of working, many processes within healthcare have been examined to see what improvements can be made and what steps are needed to get them into better shape. The cost of purchasing and managing Continuing Healthcare (CHC) placements is one of the few areas that has unfortunately been somewhat overlooked and overshadowed in favour of other procurement areas. And yet the purchasing process currently in place is long overdue an upgrade. Read the article here

The MJ - 28th November 2014

Many councils are yet to prepare and there are areas that must be given priority; key aspects that need to be administered to support implementation of the Care Act. The Act introduces new duties and obligations on local authorities in terms of those who pay for their own care, and as such there is a requirement to implement ambitious changes. Regardless of whether people are local authority funded or responsible for paying for their own care costs, good quality information and advice must be available to everyone to help them make the right choices. Already there are implications on local government and councils need to get started now as from April 2015 there are important changes to be met and achievements made. The tasks for councils now is to review existing advice and information services, and be in a position where they can provide good quality, comprehensive information for people on how to fund their own care , and support and direct them to independent financial advice

HTN 18th October, 2016

Valuing Care has launched a new online ‘Continuing Healthcare (CHC) Cost Toolkit’ to help commissioners manage and purchase better, more cost-effective CHC placements. This online system enables CHC placements to be commissioned in the most cost effective manner. Based on Valuing Care’s cost models and data built up from 10 years of collecting care provider costs, the evidence-based approach of the ‘CHC Cost Toolkit’ includes: • Cloud based infrastructure to enable nurses and commissioners to complete and access the same patient’ calculations • Web access to allow usage whilst undertaking negotiations with providers • A clear audit trail of purchasing calculations and decisions made • Ability to tailor any national cost drivers to a more local level to deal with issues such as carer shortages • The ability to build up local data to benchmark and compare provider margins Screen shot of quote screen from Valuing Care's CHC systemWith total spend on CHC across the country reported at £2.5 billion per annum, and as the number of CHC placements continue to rise, the ‘CHC Cost Toolkit’ provides a significant breakthrough for the market and enables commissioners to conduct informed negotiations and get their purchasing into better shape. Ray Hart, managing director at Valuing Care said, “The cost of purchasing and managing CHC placements is a complex area that has been overlooked in recent years. This has hampered the progress so desperately required to control costs; prices have continued to rise and yet costs have not been scrutinised. Our ‘CHC Cost Toolkit’ overcomes the inefficiencies that commissioners face with current systems and helps improve visibility, management and control of costs.” By providing access to comprehensive market intelligence, the ‘CHC Costing Toolkit’ enables commissioners to gain a better understanding of costs, and be more price aware, which helps secure value for money care placements. It also enables placements to be processed much quicker; reducing the amount of time commissioners spend on paperwork and enabling staff to reallocate their time. Read the full article here