Day care cen­tre to take a mod­ern ap­proach as part of a ma­jor shake-up of ser­vices

The Oban Times - - News -

LORNE day cen­tre in Oban is mak­ing progress since an in­spec­tion in Jan­uary 2015, but a re­port given to coun­cil­lors last week said the pace of change is ‘frus­trat­ing’ for ser­vice users, writes Louise Glen.

Mem­bers of the com­mu­nity and re­sources com­mit­tee of Ar­gyll and Bute coun­cil were told the learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties cen­tre will be mov­ing to­wards pro­vid­ing a mod­ern ser­vice.

Com­par­ing the in­spec­tion grades of adult learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties ser­vices be­tween Oban and the rest of Ar­gyll, Lorne day cen­tre is the low­est per­form­ing in all ar­eas in­clud­ing care and sup­port, staffing, en­vi­ron­ment and man­age­ment and lead­er­ship.

The re­port high­lighted ar­eas of con­cern. It stated: ‘The Lorne ser­vice will be fo­cussing on the re­quired changes and di­ver­si­fy­ing.

‘This will in­volve the ser­vice mod­ernising the sup­port it of­fers and will move away from the his­tor­i­cal per­cep­tion of how it is used and de­fined.

‘Since the last in­spec­tion, a staff de­vel­op­ment day has been held which at­tempted to al­low the staff team to be­gin to take own­er­ship and be more in­volved and par­tic­i­pa­tive in the growth and de­vel­op­ment of the ser­vice.

‘A com­pre­hen­sive de­vel­op­ment and ac­tion plan has been de­vel­oped to guide these changes.’

How­ever, a small group of ser­vice users who ap­proached the Oban Times, but did not want to be named, said: ‘The ser­vice we are be­ing of­fered in Oban is not what we re­ally want.

‘We have good staff mem­bers who pro­vide a ser­vice that we like - does that not count for any­thing?’

A spokesman for Ar­gyll and Bute coun­cil said: ‘ The Lorne con­tin­ues to de­velop and is cur- rently in the process of em­bed­ding a new man­age­ment sys­tem and en­sur­ing that the ser­vice is pro­vid­ing pos­i­tive out­come based sup­ports for in­di­vid­u­als and groups.

‘Lorne re­source cen­tre con­tin­ues to meet the hopes, needs and as­pi­ra­tions of those ac­cess­ing the ser­vice by pro­vid­ing a mod­ern, flex­i­ble , and in­di­vid­ual ser­vice.

‘The Lorne con­tin­ues to de­velop and is cur­rently in the process of em­bed­ding a new man­age­ment sys­tem and en­sur­ing that the ser­vice is pro­vid­ing pos­i­tive out­come based sup­ports for in­di­vid­u­als and groups.

‘The Lorne will do so in con­sul­ta­tion and part­ner­ship with all ser­vice users, fam­i­lies, health col­leagues, so­cial work­ers and car­ers with a stake­hold­ers day planned to take place at the end of Oc­to­ber to gather views on mod­ernising and im­prov­ing the ser­vice,’ the spokesman added,

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