Inspection shows improvement to council’s adult care services

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People who use social care services in Rotherham are getting faster access to the help they need according to a national assessment.

The assessment shows that Rotherham services’ work to support adult health and well-being has seen improvements over the last 12 months, Rotherham Council has revealed.

Improvements have been achieved despite cuts involving a reduction of £6 million in Rotherham’s funding for the services. The council says it has used customer feedback and experience to ‘redesign services and develop innovative, award winning approaches to respond and support customer’s needs’.

Coun John Doyle, cabinet member for adult social care, said: “These results show that our vulnerable adults are getting their needs assessed and getting access to help and support quickly and efficiently.

“With the financial challenges that the council and our partners face we have to find new ways of working and innovative ways of offering services.

“We are committed to having the highest standards of care available to people across the borough.”

The assessment found that over the last year, almost 7,500 people had their needs reviewed - 400 more than the previous year and most of those on a face-to-face basis. Some 1,600 more clients were given personalised budgets.