Good ratings for social care in region

ADULT social care services in Suffolk and Essex have scored good ratings, according the latest report by a health care watchdog.

Naomi Gornall

ADULT social care services in Suffolk and Essex have scored good ratings, according the latest report by a health care watchdog.

Annual performance ratings released today by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) - an independent healthcare regulator - revealed that Suffolk County Council and Essex County Council are performing well overall for the third consecutive year, and has achieved a 'well' or 'excellent' rating in all seven targets for adult social care set by the government.

The seven outcomes to achieve, as listed in the government's White Paper 'Our Health, Our Care, Our Say', are improved health and emotional wellbeing, improved quality of life, making a positive contribution, increased choice and control, freedom from discrimination or harassment, economic well-being and maintaining personal dignity and respect.

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Inspectors from CQC measured performances by looking at the services in the counties, and talking about them with staff and users.

Colin Noble, Suffolk County Council's portfolio holder for adult and community services, explained that the council has achieved success in many areas, such as helping adults with learning disabilities move from NHS accommodation to their own homes, and developing learning and employment opportunities for them.

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He said: “This is a good rating for our services, for which we can be proud. Each year CQC standards increase and we will seek to achieve an even better result in next year's assessment.

“I am aware that these are challenging times, with a growing demand for care, but fewer resources with which to provide the high quality service that Suffolk people expect. Suffolk has an ageing population and so more people will be accessing those services.

“Over the coming months, we will have to work harder and more closely with our partners in the NHS, private and voluntary sectors to provide quality adult social care services to Suffolk people.

David Finch, cabinet member for Adults, Health and Community Wellbeing, said: “The CQC has delivered a very positive verdict for Essex County Council which shows our hard work and dedication to safeguarding our vulnerable people in the county.

“Congratulations must go to the team within Adults, Health and Community Wellbeing for achieving this excellent result.”

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