Getting social care right

Providing the right level of social care whilst safeguarding public money. Two of the main points in a report setting out the next steps for the redesign and transformation of adult community health and social care services, children’s health services and some public health services.

It will be considered by Bath & North East Somerset Council’s cabinet on Thursday, September 8th, and follows the decision by the council and by the Governing Body of Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BSW CCG) in May not to extend the contract for these services, which are currently operated by HCRG Care Group.

The report to cabinet details the work carried out so far by the council and the newly established Integrated Care Board (ICB) to establish a delivery model that is able to provide these services at scale, meeting the specific needs of people in Bath and North East Somerset while ensuring service resilience.

The report recommends setting up three workstreams to examine the provision of Adult Social Care Services, Public Health Services and Community Based Integrated Care Services. Sub-contractors and partners will be consulted ahead of a report on a full business case to be presented to cabinet in February 2023. There will also be a report to the November 2022 cabinet on the future adult social care and commissioned services operating model.

Councillor Alison Born, cabinet member for Adults and Council House Building said: “Our aim has always been to ensure safe, high-quality services that meet the needs of residents whilst ensuring public money is safeguarded for provision at the front line.

“Our future delivery model needs to help people lead healthier lives while providing access to the care, treatment and specialist services that are right for them.  

“We’ve already carried out a tremendous amount of work, but there’s much more to do. The timetable is challenging, and we have just eighteen months until HCRG Care Group’s contract ends, but we must ensure we shape services in the right way to maximum effect. I welcome the progress that is set out in this report and Cabinet will consider it carefully before reaching a decision.”

You can read the full report to cabinet here

The meeting can also be viewed on the council’s YouTube channel