Agenda Item No 6

The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health): 7th March, 2016


Report of the Director of Social Services


Assistive Technology and Dementia Care Task and Finish Group of the Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health) Update


Purpose of the Report

  1. To update Members of progress made in delivering the action plan developed through the Assistive Technology Task and Finish Group.


  1. That this report is accepted and referred to Cabinet for information.

Reason for the Recommendation

  1. To appraise Members of the progress made.


  1. The Social Care and Health Scrutiny Committee set up the Task and Finish Group to examine the potential contribution that Assistive Technology could make in developing a dementia-supportive community in the Vale of Glamorgan and enabling people to live independently and with a better quality of life. The Group comprised six Members and it was politically balanced.
  2. During the course of the review, the Task and Finish Group was able to complete a thorough investigation and to make well considered recommendations for improving the responsiveness of the service. The Group recognised that further work was needed before major decisions can be taken in relation to longer-term planning.
  3. The Group concluded that Assistive Technology can be of considerable help to people experiencing dementia and also to their carers. However, national research, information from partners and data from our existing service do not provide conclusive evidence that it is likely to deliver significant savings. Given the budgetary pressures that the Council faces, the Group made recommendations for improvements which it regarded as being realistic and measured and it identified the further work required to develop the service for the future. The Group developed a detailed action plan in order to ensure that its recommendations were implemented and that progress could be measured.

Relevant Issues and Options

  1. The plan contains 15 action areas. An updated version is attached at Appendix 1. The progress made against each action indicates that the majority are either complete or have now become part of ongoing business.
  2. Staffing arrangements within the small Telecare team are subject to ongoing review, to ensure that we have a resilient and effective team model fit for future delivery. Some of the changes to date have limited the impact of the improvements made.
  3. Throughout the period since the plan was agreed, the numbers of people receiving Telecare has grown for users of both Tele V+ and Tele V; the prospects for further growth appear positive. The full year estimate for Tel V is 247 packages provided throughout the year, compared with 240 in 2014/15. The full year estimate for Tele V+ is 84 packages provided throughout the year, compared with 69 in 2014/15. This performance does not meet the agreed targets for 2015/16 but there has been year-on-year improvement. We have also developed four new local performance indicators from 2015/16 to help improve the understanding of the performance of the service.
  4. The service has purchased equipment to support people with dementia. This includes bespoke decoration and two reminiscence pods for use initially at Rondel House day service. Tablet computers have been made for care homes and the older people's day service, to support communication and provide additional activities. The internet connection to support these devices is due to be put in place imminently.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

  1. There are no direct financial implications as a direct result of this report but the service does need to ensure that it remains financially sustainable. Some developments have been made using external funding streams and others require other organisations to consider the best use of their resources.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

  1. None as a direct result of this report.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

  1. There are no legal implications as a direct result of this report.

Crime and Disorder Implications

  1. There are no crime and disorder implications as a direct result of this report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

  1. An effective approach to providing Telecare services will have a positive impact on all sectors of the community.

Corporate/Service Objectives

  1. To work with partners to ensure people suffering with dementia in the Vale of Glamorgan are well informed and supported to access a broad range of quality services that enable them to take full advantage of the life opportunities available in the local community and beyond.

Policy Framework and Budget

  1. This is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

  1. The issue relates to all areas of the Vale of Glamorgan. Therefore, there has been no individual ward consultation in relation to this matter.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

  1. Social Care and Health.

Background Papers

Assistive Technology and Dementia Care Task and Finish Group of the Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health), 9th March 2015

Contact Officer

Lance Carver, Head of Adult Services/Locality Manager

Officers Consulted

Sarah Congreve, Assistant Locality Manager

Responsible Officer

Philip Evans, Director of Social Services