Adult social care scoops silver award

The team behind Dudley’s progress in transforming health and social care services has scooped a prestigious national award in recognition of their success.

This week, Dudley Council’s assessment and independence team won a silver award in the transformation of social care category at the national Public Sector Transformation IESE Awards.

The award recognises the team’s efforts in radically overhauling services in the last 18 months to tackle the growing pressures facing health and social care.

As a result, Dudley has gone from being one of the worst to one of the top 25 per cent of authorities nationally for avoiding delayed discharges and getting people out of hospital.

That represents an 86 per cent reduction in delayed bed days in the space of a year.   

Councillor Cathy Bayton, cabinet member for health and adult social care, said:

“Congratulations to the team, it’s great to see their hard work, determination and innovative approach to changing the way we do things in Dudley, recognised at a national level.

“The team faced stiff competition and to receive the silver award for the transforming care category was fantastic.

“A couple of years ago we couldn’t have dreamed of winning such an award, as services were struggling to cope with growing demands.

“But now, 18 months on, we’ve come a really long way. We now have tailored services, which are helping our most vulnerable residents live more independently and measures in place to help people avoid unnecessary lengthy stays in hospital and freeing up beds for those who need them most.

“We will continue to build on our success in coming months.” 

Dudley Council was awarded £13.9million from the government’s Improved Better Care Fund in 2017 to spend over three years to tackle the most pressing issues in health and adult social care. 

In the first year, the council committed to spending £7million introducing a package of measures to support older people to leave hospital as soon as they are medically fit to do so, reducing cases of delayed transfer of care.

Measures introduced include a new emergency response team, which offers support to people who have gone to the hospital’s accident and emergency department in need of urgent social care support, additional equipment to help people in the home, increased levels of care at home and recruiting more social workers to prevent inappropriate admissions to hospital.

Now in the second year, the council will invest £4million to continue to fund existing initiatives but to introduce a number of new schemes, including extending therapy services to six days a week and increasing the number of step down beds in residential settings to give greater capacity to discharge from hospital.

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