Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

Further report required on impact of social care changes

The West Sussex Adults’ Services Select Committee has requested an update in nine months to assess the impact of changes to West Sussex County Council’s adults’ services.

At its meeting on Thursday September 22, the Committee received an initial update on how the implementation of the changes were going following the decision earlier this year to no longer provide for moderate level adult social care needs, but for substantial and critical levels only.

Chairman Irene Richards said: “As a Committee we did still have some concerns on how the changes will affect people’s quality of life. As such, we requested an update report to come back to us in nine months time, when all the reassessments have been completed.

“We want that to contain feedback on the impact of the changes on all our residents including discussion with groups such as the Customer and Carer Group, and the Local Involvement Network, and to cover learning difficulties and hard to reach ethnic groups.”

The Committee supported the approach being taken by adults’ services to ensure that service users are being allowed additional time to consider the changes, but recognised that this is impacting on the date of completion of the reassessments.

They requested that lessons learned to date by adults’ services regarding communication with service users and their carers are applied to those awaiting their reassessment.

The Committee also received an update on the Prevention and Wellbeing Implementation Programme, which is providing early intervention services with partners such as the NHS and District/Borough Councils, including Prevention Assessment Teams, Health and Wellbeing Hubs, and grants to local organisations.

Irene said: “We noted the work carried out to date, but requested a further update at the start of next year to ensure all the promised services are in place.

“The Committee also urged officers to look into projects that can be funded with the £437,500 savings from adult social care changes.”

The Adults’ Services Select Committee next meets on Thursday November 10.