Care Act - care and support is changing
The Care Act is the single largest change
to health and social care policy in over 60 years, as it changes
the way social care services are delivered.
The Care Act is built around people’s needs
and what they want to achieve in their lives. It seeks to
re-balance the focus of care and support towards promoting
wellbeing and preventing or delaying needs, putting people at the
heart of the system.
If you are already using adult social care
services, there will be no automatic changes to your support. You
are most likely to notice changes in the way we work with you at
your review or if your needs change (whichever comes first).
The Council already provides a lot of support
that is mentioned in the Care Act e.g. providing information and
advice to people and supporting carers. We will be using the
national guidance to make sure that our ways of working fully meet
the new duties. In particular, carers, people who fund their own
care and people with new care and support needs will experience
different support in line with the Care Act.
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 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.
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