Excellent county care team earns commission praise

ADULT Social Care in East Sussex is performing well, overall according to the latest independent report.

The care is rated ‘excellent’ for making a positive contribution to the community.

That is the view of the Care Quality Commission, which inspected every council in the country which provides Adult Social Care.

In East Sussex there was an upgrade from the previous year in the category of “making a positive contribution”.

The council went from “performing well” to “excellent” which the council says is a very significant achievement and reflects the continuous improvement the department is making to support the vulnerable people in the community.

The CQC praised Adult Social Care in the county for “an excellent contribution to supporting and enabling people who use services and their carers to make a positive contribution and partake in community life”.

In another report the Department of Health’s Use of Resources in Adult Social Care – Guidance to Local Authorities, East Sussex was used as a positive example - showing significant value for money with the overall quality of services for older people improved and reduced hospital admissions.

Councillor Bill Bentley, Lead Member for Adult Social Care, said, “It is a great achievement in adult social are to get to where we are now.

“The challenge for the future is to maintain this in the face of a difficult economic situation.”

Keith Hinkley, the director of Adult Social Care, said, “We have been nationally recognised as performing well and providing value for money in two independent reports.

“My staff continue to work very hard for even more improvement within this challenging financial environment and this is a strong sign that our plans are taking us in the right direction.”