25 November 2010

Northamptonshire County Council’s adult social services are continuing to perform well overall according to an assessment by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published this week (Thursday 25th November).

The annual assessment for 2009/10 looks at how well the county council is performing in relation to the seven outcomes set out by the government White Paper Our Health, Our Care, Our Say.

The council scored well on five out of the seven outcomes and adequate on two of the outcomes, with an overall grade of performing well. This is an improvement on the assessment for 2008/09 which saw the council score well on four out of the five outcomes and adequate on three.

Councillor Robin Brown, county council cabinet member for health and adult social services said: “It is good to see the CQC has recognised our hard work to improve adult social services in Northamptonshire and has again awarded us with an overall grade of performing well.

“The assessment has acknowledged the improvements being made so far and also identifies those areas where further work is needed to ensure every part of our service is delivering at the right level.

“We’ve achieved some excellent successes this year, as shown by our five wins in the Great East Midlands Care Awards 2010 and just last week with our partners, we won two National Health and Social Care Awards in the categories Putting Patients and Public First and Successful Partnership Working.

“This demonstrates our commitment to achieving our vision for adult social care and leading the way to ensure we are able to able to deliver services to meet the needs of people in the county.”

The report recognises that the county council has made improvements since last year’s assessment and has a clear vision for adult social care.

It also highlights the council’s ongoing commitment to the personalisation agenda to give people more choice and independence about the way they live their lives and access support.

The report also notes that the council has recognised the financial challenges it faces and that it has developed a financial plan to ensure it can deliver the planned transformation of adult social care.

2009/10 Council APA Performance

Delivering outcomes assessment

Overall council is: Well
Outcome 1 Improve health and well-being Well
Outcome 2
Improved quality of life Well
Outcome 3 Making a positive contribution Well
Outcome 4 Increased choice and control Well
Outcome 5 Freedom from discrimination and harassment Adequate
Outcome 6 Economic well-being Well
Outcome 7 Maintaining personal dignity and respect Adequate