Barnsley Local Account for Adult Social Care show’s council commitment to vulnerable adults

The latest annual Local Account for adult social care in Barnsley will be presented to the council’s Cabinet members on Wednesday, 20 February.

It considers the service’s performance in 2017/18,  identifying key strengths and  areas requiring further improvement and how it plans to further improve our services within the following elements of adult social care:

  • Information and advice for all
  • Early help and support
  • Getting the right service for you at the right time
  • Helping family and friends care for others
  • Keeping adults safe
  • Listening to and acting on your views
  • Services and people working together

The Local Account highlights many areas in Barnsley which are performing on a par with or above the national average and better than comparable areas.

In particular, the borough is one of the best performing local authorities nationally on delayed transfers of care from hospital; provision of direct payments; and the proportion of people who use services who say those services have made them feel safe and secure.

The proportion of adults with a learning disability who live in their own home or with their family and the proportion of adults in contact with secondary mental health services living independently with or without support are both also well above the national average and the council’s statistical neighbours (councils with similar characteristics).

In addition, the ‘overall satisfaction of people who use services with their care and support’ continues to be higher than the national average.   

At the same time, it is acknowledged that improvement needs to continue, particularly increasing the percentage of adults with a learning disability in paid employment, and decreasing the amount of permanent admissions of over 65 year olds to residential and nursing care.

Cllr Margaret Bruff, Cabinet Spokesperson for People (Achieving Potential) said: “The latest Local Account, together with the recent positive Peer Challenge, reflects the council’s commitment to supporting vulnerable adults and keeping people safe from harm and with a level of engagement, choice and independence that will enable them to live longer, fulfilling lives, whilst making the most effective and efficient use of the resources we have.” 

The report can be read in full here and the Local Account will be published on the council website barnsley.gov.uk following approval by Cabinet.

This news is linked to Town Spirit, our new way of working better together. We believe, that if everyone in Barnsley does just one thing, we can make our borough a more welcoming place to live, work, invest and visit.

#LiveIt helps us to support the most vulnerable people, making sure they can access support at the earliest possible stage. #OwnIt by keeping your own and your family's health at its best, asking for support when you need it and looking out for your friends and neighbours.

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