Council leader welcomes older adults’ care review

The leader of Anglesey Council has welcomed a report by inspectors into care services for older adults on the island.

A joint review carried out by Care Inspectorate Wales and Healthcare Inspectorate Wales considered how the local authority and its partners were promoting independence and preventing escalating needs.

The report concluded operational services were mostly working well together to support people to stay at home for as long as possible. It also praised the council for having prevention ‘firmly’ on its agenda.

But inspectors said the council needed to look beyond Welsh Government-funded projects and inject ‘urgency’ into developing sustainable services. They also called for a prudent approach in using resources.

Llinos Medi, who also oversees social services on Anglesey Council, said: ”This is a positive report, which highlights the importance of the partnership work we play a key role in.”

”’Its findings show how our relationship with colleagues in health, and other partners, reflects the principles of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.”

“The act will remain an important driver for us as we look to the future and bringing services closer to local communities.”

The council says supporting vulnerable adults and families is one of their key priorities as part of its five-year plan, introduced a year after the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act came into force.

The Act imposes duties on local authorities, health boards and Welsh ministers to promote the well-being of those who need care and support.

Among the key findings, the report identified the council’s strengths as:

  • respectful communication with those seeking support; often collaborative, and mostly built upon an equal relationship.
  • a strong grasp of strategic direction and operational services at both senior officer and political level.
  • operational services mostly work well together to support people to remain at home for as long as possible.
  • good communication between practitioners; and services are creatively mixed and matched to meet people’s needs.
  • a commitment to prevention with many positive examples of practitioners providing and arranging care and support for people in their communities to prevent them from reaching crisis.

But inspectors also highlighted areas for improvement:

  • a need for a prudent approach to using resources – making better use of team structures and roles to make the best use of social work skills and supervision
  • ensuring the capacity of carers to provide sustainable services, complying with their general duty to promote well-being
  • partnership working moves beyond projects funded by the Welsh Government
  • injecting urgency into developing sustainable care services
  • more work is needed to ensure the reablement service has sufficient professional support to help deliver positive outcomes for people with a wider range of needs

A council spokesperson said its social service scrutiny panel would consider the inspectors’ recommendations.

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