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Cabinet to consider changes to adult social care

Herefordshire Council’s cabinet is to consider progress and approve recommendations that aim to give local residents better, more personalised adult social care services.

In Herefordshire, the majority of adult social care support services are provided by the independent and voluntary sector.  At the moment, the council commissions Wye Valley NHS Trust and 2gether Foundation Trust to manage and provide a range of adult social care services on its behalf.  These arrangements are coming to an end and the council is reviewing how these, and possible additional services are provided in the future.

Proposals involve the council taking direct responsibility for the social care aspects of the service such as assessment, safeguarding and welfare rights, and working with a wide range of service providers to deliver services in the following areas:

Community equipment services
Adult placement scheme
Norfolk House sheltered accommodation
Reablement services and support for people with sensory impairment
Day opportunities

During the last few months, nearly 500 service users, their families and carers have been involved in discussions about the need for change and the best way to bring that change about.  When cabinet meets on 25 July, it will receive feedback from these meetings and learn about the next stage which involves looking at existing services and exploring how they can be changed to meet needs better in the future.  Reference groups consisting of service user representatives, carers and some staff, have been set up to get involved in this work.

Cabinet will be asked to approve many of the changes consulted on, and to change the timescale on others to allow further discussions with service users to take place.

Jo Davidson, director for people’s services, said: “These are difficult times, but we have to modernise and give people more choice and control over how they spend their personal budgets.

“We really appreciate the way people have responded to this need for change and become involved in helping us understand what is important to them.  We will make sure service users, carers, staff and providers continue to be involved in shaping the future of adult social care services.”