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|Title:||LGA Gives Backing To Doncaster’s Adult Social Care Vision|
|ID & Publication:||20140411008 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
|Subject:||Community News |
An independent review of adult social care in Doncaster by local government experts says the service is ‘ready for take-off’ for modernisation.
A team of seven from the Local Government Association – the national voice for local authorities - spent a week shadowing staff and analysing social care standards in the borough.
While it said there was some work to do, the report was very positive – praising the work of the service on key projects and to Mayor Ros Jones’ for providing strong political leadership.
It said the social care service, led by Director Joan Beck, is moving well on the difficult journey to modernisation - and staff are working hard and care about the people they serve, showing excellent practice.
Mayor Ros Jones said the report clearly shows Doncaster is moving in the right direction.
She said: ‘It is clear that we do have to work to tight budgets and have had to make important and difficult decisions such as the proposed closure of day centres and care homes.
‘Our overall aim though is to provide a social care service which is improved and fit for the future. For me this means giving people more choice and control, encouraging independence and building strong partnerships around issues such as dementia. There is much work to do but giant steps are already being taken having just consulted and approved a new strategy for modernising adult social care. I am optimistic, as this report shows, that we are on the right track.’
The report goes on to praise the service’s excellent practice which has led to exceptional improvement in delayed hospital discharge, and the recruitment of well-being officers who are creating a customer friendly environment.
In his report, the LGA’s Programme Manager Marcus Coulson said Doncaster is ‘benefiting from stable leadership over time’ and that ‘there is clear ambition and support for the adult social care service.’
His report did though say that to achieve modernisation the service needs to up its ambition and pace of changes to personalising services and there needs to be a greater focus on designing and delivering services alongside service users, with closer integration with the NHS and a housing strategy focused on older people.
Director of Adult and Community Services, Joan Beck said: ‘Overall we are delighted with the report which shows we are on the right track. Our recent consultations with service users and their families continues to shape the future of the service. We are working hard to ensure we provide a service that is modern and takes into account people’s changing needs.’
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