Innovative social care recognised

Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The Adult Social Services department has been shortlisted for a national award for its innovative work to provide services.

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The Public Finance Awards recognise the people, products and services that demonstrate excellence and originality within the public sector.

The Adult Social Services department for Wandsworth and Richmond councils has been shortlisted for the ‘Alternative Service Delivery Model’ category. This award recognises outstanding individuals or teams that have responded to financial challenges by developing innovative, alternative models of service delivery.

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In 2017 Richmond and Wandsworth councils established a Shared Staffing Arrangement, delivering savings of up to £10 million per year for local tax payers in each authority.

The Richmond and Wandsworth Adult Social Care department provides support to 6,500 service users across both boroughs providing a range of information and advice, preventative services and long-term care and support for adults and older people with disabilities.

By joining staff groups, the service has been able to reduce management costs, share best practice, manage risk and provide more integrated services. All whilst keeping standards high.

"We’re delighted that our excellent adult social care team has been recognised for their imaginative, caring and highly-professional approach" - Cllr Paul Ellis

Wandsworth’s health and adult social care spokesman Paul Ellis said: “As people live longer, sometimes with complex and multiple needs, it can be challenging to keep standards high when resources are finite.

“We’re delighted that our excellent adult social care team has been recognised for their imaginative, caring and highly-professional approach in both Wandsworth and Richmond. We wish them the best of luck in the final.