Nottinghamshire County Council document outlines care spending

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Nottinghamshire County Council spent £243million supporting and caring for 57,000 of the county’s most vulnerable adults last year, including older people and people with physical and learning disabilities.

A new document detailing how the money was spent and who benefited will be pubished for the first time on Wednesday 8th February.

The first ever Local Account of the Adult Social Care and Health services will be presented at Nottinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet meeting.

It is also available for members of the public to download on the County Council’s website at www3.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/localaccount

The document provides a snapshot of the work of Adult Social Care and Health, the health and social care needs of the people of Nottinghamshire, achievements during the year, case studies and challenges facing the service in the years ahead.

Amongst the achievements highlighted in the Local Account are:

The launch of a major transformation of the service, identifying smarter ways of working through 53 different projects which aim to save £64million by 2014-15.

Moved 37.6 per cent of adults receiving community-based social care services on to personal budgets - exceeding the target of 30 per cent.

Increased the number of people with a learning disability in paid employment to 9.1 per cent, exceeding the target of 8.5 per cent.

Piloted the START reablement scheme to support people to recover more quickly and reduce the need for long term support so successfully that plans are now being developed to expand the scheme in other areas of the service.

Improved the support to victims and witnesses of anti-social behaviour, hate crime and domestic violence by launching the Stop Hate UK 24-hour victim helpline.

Following the abolition of the Care Quality Commission’s annual performance assessment, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) recommended that all councils with social care responsibilities produce a Local Account as a way of reporting back to local people and service users on performance in adult social care.

Nottinghamshire County Council is one of just a few Councils nationally to publish a Local Account for 2010-11.

Councillor Kevin Rostance, Cabinet member for Adult Social Care and Health said, “Adult Social Care, Health and Public Protection have achieved and maintained a high standard of performance, being rated as ‘performing excellently’ by the Care Quality Commission for the three years prior to 2010-11.

“The Local Account provides further performance information based on evidence from our self assessment that indicates we are still achieving high standards in social care.

“We will continue to work hard to maintain this level of performance and meet the needs of the most vulnerable people within our community, whilst addressing the tough financial and social challenges that we face.”