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 Awards.

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 consultation

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 Governing Bodies

Redbridge Autism Plan 2012-15 is being updated

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 the community.

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