Hunt hails cen­tre for ex­celling in its work

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HEALTH Sec­re­tary Jeremy Hunt MP has con­grat­u­lated Lan­cashire County Coun­cil on West Lan­cashire Short Breaks ser­vice be­ing rated as Out­stand­ing by the Care Qual­ity Com­mis­sion (CQC).

In a let­ter to the ser­vice’s reg­is­tered man­ager, Mr Hunt praised the team for the ‘‘ex­cep­tional qual­ity’’ of care at the home and recog­nised staff for the im­mense amount of hard work and ef­fort they have put in to achieve the rat­ing.

West Lan­cashire Short Breaks Ser­vice, run by Lan­cashire County Coun­cil, pro­vides sup­port to adults with learn­ing and phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties.

It gives their fam­i­lies and car­ers the op­por­tu­nity to have a break from their car­ing role.

The cen­tre is based at School Lane, Skelmers­dale and can sup­port up to six peo­ple at a time.

The length of time peo­ple use the ser­vice varies from sin­gle overnight stays to more ex­tended breaks.

County Coun­cil­lor Gra­ham Gooch, cab­i­net mem­ber for adult ser­vices, said: ‘‘I’m very pleased that Jeremy Hunt, the Sec­re­tary of State for Health, has writ­ten to the man­ager of the cen­tre to recog­nise the hard work that all staff put in.

“His com­ments mean a great deal to every­one in­volved.

“The short break ser­vice is vi­tal as it gives car­ers in the area, who work tire­lessly to sup­port their friends and fam­ily, an op­por­tu­nity to take a break from their car­ing role.

“The team at West Lan­cashire sup­ports around 70 peo­ple at this modern, cut­ting-edge fa­cil­ity.

“Mr Hunt’s com­ments, to­gether with the ‘Out­stand­ing’ in­spec­tion re­sult, re­as­sures peo­ple that those they care for are get­ting the very best sup­port while us­ing our ser­vice.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions every­one in­volved.”

The in­spec­tors praised the short breaks ser­vice for its ex­cep­tional em­ployee train­ing pro­gramme, the pos­i­tive and pro­fes­sional at­ti­tude of staff, an ex­cel­lent stan­dard of care and range of ac­tiv­i­ties for guests who use the ser­vice.

They also high­lighted good safe­guard­ing pro­ce­dures, ex­cel­lent modern fa­cil­i­ties and sys­tems that en­sure peo­ple who use the ser­vice have an op­por­tu­nity to share their views and make a dif­fer­ence to the way it is run.

To view copies of the CQC in­spec­tion re­port visit­ca­tion/1-339944250 at the CQC web­site. to

The master­plan for Tawd Val­ley Park in Skelmers­dale is avail­able to pass com­ment on

Lan­cashire County Cllr Gra­ham Gooch

Jeremy Hunt MP

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