Cabinet considers step towards more flexible care services in Bristol

Bristol City Council’s Cabinet will decide whether to approve options for further consultation on the future of residential and day care services for adults in Bristol when it meets on Thursday 29 March.  You can watch the meeting live on the internet at www.bristol.gov.uk/webcast

The delivery of health and social care services to vulnerable people in Bristol, including quality residential services for older people, is a key council priority.  

Older people are increasingly choosing services that are flexible such as extra care housing and national policy changes are putting adults more in control of purchasing the services they need to support them.

If these more detailed options are approved, a further round of consultation will run from 2nd April to 25th June. This will inform final recommendations to be considered by Cabinet in July.

In November last year, Cabinet endorsed a proposal for the modernisation of health and social care services, with a formal period of consultation running from December to February. More than 60 meetings and events have been held in venues across Bristol, for service users, residents, families, carers, staff and providers.

Responding to the needs of individuals is at the heart of proposals for the transformation of services.

Cllr Jon Rogers - Cabinet Member for Health and Care

Cllr Jon Rogers - Cabinet Member for Health and Care

Cabinet Member for Social Care and Health, Councillor Dr Jon Rogers, explains: “People tell us they want greater choice about their care, so we need to ensure services are more personal and flexible. They are looking for greater independence and we think services in local communities are key. These can help users of day care services maintain and develop their confidence and independence. For older people, it ensures they get support at an earlier stage and reduces the need for more traditional residential and nursing homes.”Local population change also needs to be taken into account in planning for the future, with a big rise in the number of older people in the city expected. In December 2011, the council supported 6,737 older people. Over the next ten years, this is projected to rise to 7,735 older people, an increase of 17%. In particular, there is a big rise in the number of people with dementia.

Alison Comley - Strategic Director for Health and Social Care

Alison Comley - Strategic Director for Health and Social Care

Strategic Director for Health and Social Care, Alison Comley, adds: “There are a number of challenges we must respond to, to ensure services are fit for purpose to meet changing needs and expectations, and sustainable in the longer term. We are working on proposals that make the most efficient use of resources, so we can support the growing number of people in Bristol with care needs.”

The report to cabinet outlines three options for the future of residential care and three options for the future of day services.

  
You can read the cabinet reports here (downloads a pdf): 
Delivering an effective social care system – Day Opportunities
Delivering an effective social care system – Residential Care for Older People

 Consultation on these options will begin on 2nd April and include one-to-one meetings with care home residents, public meetings, surveys, a blog, and a review of national and local strategy.

Prior to the Cabinet meeting there will be a Health and Social Care Scrutiny Commission meeting on Monday 26 March.  See the agenda for this meeting on the council’s website.
Find out more about the scrutiny function in Bristol www.bristol.gov.uk/scrutiny.

A phone line has been set up for anyone wanting to raise concerns or ask questions on 0117 352 1456.

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