Staffordshire supports changes to social care delivery
Caring Times, November 2012
Proposals to transform social care in Staffordshire won cross-party support from county councillors in September. A special meeting of the full council was called to debate the plans outlined in its Green Paper, “A Revolution in Care Quality.”
Publicly naming poor care organisations, promoting the status of carers and professionalising the caring industry are covered in the review.
Matthew Ellis, the council’s Cabinet Member for Adults Wellbeing told fellow councillors that the Green Paper set out a “zero-tolerance” approach with carers which underperformed.
“This sends out a clear message that failure, lack of quality and lack of experience is not acceptable,” said Cllr Ellis.
The leader of Staffordshire County Council Philip Atkins told the council how the closure of the Paralympic Games was a timely reminder that attitudes were now changing. While Stafford South East county councillor John Francis declared the proposals paper would “affect everyone in Staffordshire.”
The Green Paper aims to shape the whole experience of care that people receive from the very outset. At the meeting councillors also called for the propsals to be rolled out across the country. Cllr Ellis that while really poor qaulity could never be completely eradicated the proposals aimed to bring real, meaningful benefits to adults needing support, and for the people who care for them.
Consultation on the Green Paper closed on September 16.