Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (SOCIAL CARE AND HEALTH): 12TH DECEMBER, 2011
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 29TH NOVEMBER, 2011
"C1537 SOCIAL SERVICES CHANGE PLAN 2011 - 2014: PROGRESS REPORT (SCS) (SCRUTINY - SOCIAL CARE AND HEALTH) -
Cabinet were requested to endorse the progress made in delivering the actions set out in the Social Services Change Plan 2011 - 2014. The Change Plan was developed by a Corporate Project Group comprising officers from across the Council, with a representative from the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and from the Vale Centre for Voluntary Services (VCVS). It was designed to provide an over arching framework for sustained service improvement and a coherent direction for Social Services in the period 2011 - 2014. There were seven priority areas in the Plan:
· integrating Health and Social Care services
· integrated social care for children and young people services
· human resources
· information; use of different channels and media to improve access to information and services
· resource management; and
· co-production and equality impact.
The Council anticipated that implementation of the Plan would help to achieve the following overall aims:
· making best use of the fact that Social Services were an integral part of local government (able to call upon all resources available within the local authority to meet statutory obligations, including the community leadership role, the expertise available in other parts of the Council, performance management and improvement frameworks, etc.)
· providing sustainable, flexible and innovative services (which can adjust to new circumstances and needs)
· increasing user and carer satisfaction with the range of services (with the emphasis on recovery, restoration and reablement)
· providing service users and carers with a strong voice and real control over their services
· developing further a competent and confident workforce (which is skilled, responsive and professional, able to operate with a reduced volume of prescriptive government guidance about processes)
· facilitating more collaborative working (to deliver better service integration); and
· securing better value in the use of scarce resources (through efficient and effective delivery of services) promoting independence and reducing demand for intensive support services by focus on prevention).
The first six monthly progress report was attached at Annex A to the report. It contained a summary report card in respect of the overall programme and project updates for each of the seven priority areas. The report indicated good initial progress with this long term agenda for change, and any delays in delivery were being tackled robustly.
This was a matter for Executive decision.
(1) T H A T the progress made in delivering the actions in the Social Services Change Plan during the first six months be noted.
(2) T H A T the areas of concern where implementation of particular actions had been delayed, and the work being done to expedite delivery be noted.
(3) T H A T the report be referred to the next meeting of the Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health).
Reasons for decisions
(1&2) To provide an update on implementation of the Social Services Change Plan, in accordance with agreed monitoring mechanisms.
(3) To ensure that the Scrutiny Committee is able to exercise effective oversight of the way in which the Change Plan is delivered."
Attached as Appendix - Report to Cabinet: 29th November, 2011