Redbridge First Response Service scoops an award
The Redbridge First Response Service (ReFRS), a unique
multi-agency partnership service that supports residents wellbeing,
safety, choice and independence were winners at this year’s Compact
The Compact Awards recognise those who are making a difference
in their communities by working in partnership across different
sectors. This year there were more nominations than ever before.
The winning nominations display an impressively broad range of
partnerships including private sector organisations, small
community groups, large national charities, central government
departments and local commissioning bodies.
ReFRS were delighted to win the national Compact Innovation
Award for developing a new on-going approach to improving or
supporting compact working, particularly for demonstrating creative
solutions to difficult situations. The award was presented to ReFRS
by Karl Wilding, Director of Policy for the National Council for
Voluntary Organisations. It was noted that the nomination for ReFRS
was the strongest application amongst all of the categories.
Health Scrutiny Committee response to the Intermediate Care
On 10 July 2014, Barking, Havering and
Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) launched a
consultation calling on residents to give their views to local GPs
on plans to make permanent two services that are being trailed in
the Borough. The two services are the Community Treatment Team
(CTT) and the Intensive Rehabilitation Service (IRS), which offer
care in people’s homes.
The consultation called
Making Intermediate Care Better, which was scrutinised by the
Health Scrutiny Committee ended on 15 October 2014 and the CCGs
will be reporting on findings later this year via the
Redbridge response to Department of Health’s consultation on
Care Act 2014
Redbridge Council held a consultation event on 7 August to
respond to the Department of Health’s consultation on the new Care
The consultation event was attended by Local Authority Officers
from across the services, stake holders, providers and service
Redbridge Autism Plan 2012-15 is being
The Department of Health (DH) has published 'Think Autism', an
update to the Adults with Autism Strategy for England: Fulfilling
and Rewarding Lives (2010) in line with duties set out in the
Autism Act 2009.
In Redbridge we plan to update our existing Adults with Autism
Plan during 2014/15 in the light of the priorities in the national
strategy and will do this through the Redbridge Adults with Autism
Working Group which has proved to be an effective process for the
local implementation of the National Autism Strategy and associated
activities to date.
Peer review report
Earlier this year, Adult Social Services
underwent a peer review and the findings from this review will
help with the continuous improvement as part of the
‘sector led improvement’ programme.
A peer review is not an inspection but is viewed
as a learning process to assist councils and their partners to help
assess current achievements, identify areas for improvements and
provide constructive supportive suggestions for development. It is
supported by our peers rather than inspectors.
Autism Alert Card available
An Autism Alert Card is available to any
Redbridge resident who has an autistic spectrum condition.
The card, which is the size of a credit card can
be carried at all times and used in situations where you cannot
easily give an explanation about your condition. It will also
assist the police and other emergency services to identify that
they are dealing with someone who has autism.
The card will carry the logos of the Redbridge
Disability Consortium, Centre for Independent and Inclusive Living
Redbridge (CiiLR) and Redbridge Council so they will be easily
identifiable to the emergency services.
How Redbridge is supporting people with dementia
Redbridge Adult Social Services was asked
to participate in a film to show how the council is
supporting people with dementia and giving residents choice
and control in an extra care sheltered environment or in