Coun­cil’s £10m cash boost for adult care

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CHESHIRE East is to re­ceive a £10.8m cash in­jec­tion over the next three years to help fund the grow­ing adult so­cial care sec­tor and the wider lo­cal health econ­omy.

The coun­cil be­lieves the grant will help re­duce the pres­sure on the NHS by sup­port­ing more peo­ple who are ready to be dis­charged from hos­pi­tal, by help­ing peo­ple to stay at home for longer and en­sur­ing that lo­cal so­cial care pro­vi­sion is sup­ported ap­pro­pri­ately.

This ded­i­cated ap­proach to adult so­cial care is be­ing de­liv­ered through the im­proved Bet­ter Care Fund.

Cheshire East says its adult so­cial care ser­vices team is show­ing a vast im­prove­ment in the re­duc­tion of de­layed dis­charges from hos­pi­tals.

Work­ing closely with two clin­i­cal com­mis­sion­ing groups, two acute trusts, com­mu­nity providers and GPs, this trans­for­ma­tion work is al­ready well de­vel­oped and prov­ing suc­cess­ful.

Adult so­cial care teams are also de­liv­er­ing more ‘area-based’ care.

Coun Janet Clowes, cabi­net mem­ber for adult so­cial care and in­te­gra­tion, said: “There is an un­prece­dented in­crease in de­mand on adult so­cial care in the bor­ough.

“We have an age­ing pop­u­la­tion, which we are de­ter­mined to sup­port the best we can.

“We also have a lot of younger adults who are tran­si­tion­ing to adult so­cial care, many of whom have very com­plex needs.

“It is our fore­most pri­or­ity to en­sure that a high stan­dard of care is pro­vided in a timely man­ner to our res­i­dents.”

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