Adult social care improves

PUBLISHED: 17:30 03 December 2010

ADULT social care provision in North Somerset has received the thumbs up from health regulators.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) reviewed the council’s department and judged it to be performing ‘well’.

The body looked into 148 councils’ provision of social care services and gave an update on the performance of 24,000 care homes.

The commission said it had noticed an improvement in key areas such as choice and control and health and emotional well-being during the inspections.

Council leader Nigel Ashton said: “I’m pleased that our successes have been recognised. The report acknowledges the cost pressures we face and will continue to face in our adult social services budget.

“There are big challenges to face and this is why schemes such as Carelink, which allow people to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible, are so important.”

Chief executive Cynthia Bower said: “The large majority of councils provide good standards of care, whether they run the services themselves or commission them from the private or voluntary sectors.

“The best-performing councils work closely with health agencies to deliver joined-up care, with joint commissioning and monitoring of services becoming more common.

“This year partnership working was found to be a key strength in half of councils and an area for improvement in a third.”

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