Annual adult social care report highlights renewed focus on prevention, innovation and promoting independence.

There has been an increase in the numbers of adults who receive adult social cares services in Tower Hamlets, latest figures show.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, announced the publication of the Local Account, the annual report of adult social care, during the council’s Cabinet meeting on 31 October.

The report, co-produced with Healthwatch, the organisation representing residents who use care and health services, shows that in 2017/18:

  • 5330 people received adult social care services in Tower Hamlets
  • The council spent £120 million on adult social care services - approximately a third of its general expenditure.
  • There was an almost 20 per cent reduction in the number of older people admitted to care homes, as more people were helped to stay in their own home for longer.

The report also highlights a rise in the numbers of adults who received a direct payment from the council to purchase support; a reduction in waiting times for assessments; and an increase in the number of people using assistive technology, equipment which helps increase, maintain and improve the capabilities and independence of individuals with cognitive, physical or communication difficulties.

There was also an increase in the number adult social care users who say they have good levels of social contact.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said: “Tower Hamlets has the fastest growing population in the country. As our population ages, it is inevitable that the demand for social care will increase. Despite challenges facing adult social care providers, I am glad to hear that 92 per cent of service users say social care contributes to a better quality of life.”

The Local Account identifies working more closely with the NHS; increasing the take up of direct payments; identifying and supporting more carers; and tackling isolation and loneliness as key priorities for the future.

Additionally, the report details how the council has taken steps to work more closely with the NHS and other health and voluntary organisations to manage services and deliver co-ordinated care.

Councillor Denise Jones, Cabinet Member for Adults, Health and Wellbeing said: “I would like to thank Healthwatch and all our health partners as we continue to work together to drive up standards of care for disabled, frail, vulnerable and elderly residents. Faced with increasing demand for social care and a requirement to make savings, prevention, innovation and promoting independence must continue to be our focus if we are to be sustainable for the future.”

Read the Local Account 2018 here

Posted on Thursday 1st November 2018