Agenda item

Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health: Update on Priorities for 2022/23

This report outlines progress towards Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health priorities for 2022/23 and Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Board are asked to note the progress towards these priorities.

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health presented the report, which set out the progress in regards to the priorities of his Portfolio for 2022-23. It was explained how the priorities were aligned with the two relevant directorates, the Adult Social Care Directorate and the Public Health Directorate. The Cabinet Member took Members through a number of key pieces of work undertaken within both Directorates.

 

Members raised a number of questions which, in summary, included the following:

  • In response to a query from a Member, the Cabinet Member explained it was unknown, at that point, when Central Government may make an announcement on the future funding of the Public Health Grant, nor what impact this may have. He outlined how he received regular briefings on this from the Director of Public Health.
  • A Member welcomed the Great Care, Great Careers Workforce Strategy. They queried the impact this had had, including on adult social care worker recruitment and vacancies.
  • The Cabinet Member detailed how a range of courses were delivered via Solihull College, to help people start a career in nursing, social care and social work.
  • The Assistant Director for Strategic Commissioning and Partnerships, Adult Social Care detailed how, through the Workforce Strategy, the Council sought to ensure a local social care workforce was available and equipped with the knowledge, skills and resources to support Adult Social Care services. As part of the Strategy, there was particular emphasis upon ensuring workers were valued, as well as recruitment support.
  • A Member requested an update on the work being undertaken to help ensure the Adult Social Care system was easy for residents to navigate.
  • The Cabinet Member explained that, as part of the Adult Social Care Five Year Plan, there was focus upon communicating the support available and how to access help. Ongoing engagement was also undertaken with key stakeholders.
  • The Director for Adult Social Care also highlighted the ‘Our Offer to You’ document, which outlined the wide range of care and support that could be accessed. The Directorate also closely reviewed the findings of the Adult Social Care information and advice survey results, as well as complaints and compliments to learn from feedback and make further improvements. Information and advice was also available via the Council website, whilst residents could also directly call the Adult Social Care One Front Door service.
  • A Member queried the data collection and analysis undertaken to support improvement in the delivery of Adult Social Care services.
  • The Cabinet Member detailed how he received regular reporting on a range of performance measures, in line with the Department of Health and Social Care national Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework, with a focus on continuous improvement.
  • The Director for Adult Social Care explained the work undertaken as part of the priority enabler High Performing Teams. Here performance had been benchmarked against the highest quartile local authority performance. This approach of using both feedback and performance information had informed the development of services and establishment of new services. The Director for Adult Social Care gave the establishment of the new Mental Health re-enablement service as an example.
  • A Member highlighted the work undertaken to support High Performing Teams and queried whether staff satisfaction was taken into account as part of this.
  • The Cabinet Member explained the emphasis upon ensuring Adult Social Care workers were valued, as well as clear opportunities for career progression. He detailed how he visited Care Homes and engaged with front line staff.
  • The Director for Adult Social Care highlighted the ‘Great Care Great Careers’ Workforce Strategy and plan, which was aimed at developments in the independent sector and also detailed the work undertaken to engage with and support SMBC employed staff. Examples of this included the equality, diversity and inclusion survey. This informed a ‘you said we did’ exercise, to demonstrate how staff feedback had been taken into account. Annual staff development conferences were also undertaken. A monthly feedback session was also held which all Adult Social Care Directorate staff were invited to, where Senior leads within the Directorate were available to hear any matters staff wished to raise.
  • A Member raised the Health Inequalities priority area and requested further information on this, including on the housing strategy.
  • The Director of Public Health confirmed a housing and health group was being established. She also explained how there had been a focus upon ensuring practical housing advice and support was available, including a help line for front-line health professionals, and webinars held with health visitors and other health professionals so they can advise residents how to reduce the risk of damp and mould and where to report any concerns they may have in regards to housing quality.

 

RESOLVED

The Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Board:

(i)  Noted the update on the Cabinet Member priorities for 2022/23 for Adult Social Care and Health.

(ii)  Agreed that the ongoing delivery of these priorities be taken into account as part of future Scrutiny work planning.

 

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