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Health, adult social care and equalities
Cllr Catherine McDonald, Cabinet member for Health, adult social care and equalities
Supporting people to live independent lives and encouraging more people to take control over their own care is fundamental to securing a fairer future for all. This is particularly so for those who rely on high quality health
and social care.
For the most vulnerable in our society we will also ensure there are sensible safeguards against the risk of abuse or neglect, striking the right balance between managing risk and promoting independence.
Our vision includes a strong focus on reablement services, which provide cost effective short term support to restore people's independence wherever possible. Where a longer term support service is required we aim to maximise people's choice and control through the provision of personal budgets.
We will shift the balance of care from residential provision to more effective support for people in their own homes, including the use of telecare technology and specialist equipment designed to efficiently promote people's independence and safety.
We will provide a dedicated and skilled telephone response for all queries about help for older and vulnerable people and their carers, including information about universal access and voluntary sector services.
We will deliver our Charter of Rights for all service users. Partnership working with health services will remain a key priority, adapting to the changes occurring in the National Health Service in a way that builds upon our strong historic ties in this area.
In particular we will continue to ensure people who receive both health and
social care services do so in an integrated, seamless way.
Q3 2013-14 Council Plan performance schedules
Fairer Future Interim Performance Report 2013/14
Fairer Future Annual Performance Report 2012/13
Fairer Future Interim Performance Report 2012/13
Council Plan Annual Performance Report 2011/12
Council Plan Interim Performance Report 2011/12