Release date: 23 November 2018
West Sussex County Council has unveiled its draft vision and strategy for adult social care for 2019 to 2021 and is keen to hear residents’ views.
This proposal sets out the journey the council will be taking, working closely with local residents and other partners across the county to support people to live healthy and independent lives, while keeping the most vulnerable safe.
The vision and strategy builds on the work that has already taken place to shape future services in West Sussex. It sets out an ambitious set of priorities for the next three years which include:
- Implementing a community-led model of support;
- Maximising independence for older people, people with learning disabilities, autism, physical and sensory disabilities and those with mental health issues;
- Supporting families and carers; and
- Working towards the requirement to achieve health and social care integration by 2020.
The council will use these priorities as a foundation for working relationships with partners in order to achieve the joined up approach to services that residents deserve.
West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, Amanda Jupp, said: “It is widely acknowledged that providing care for and ageing population is a huge challenge, not just in West Sussex but right across the country. But supporting working age adults with autism, learning and physical and sensory disabilities and adults with mental health issues to be as independent as possible is equally important.
“We have a duty under the Care Act to promote well-being. To this effect, adult social care should be an enabler, supporting people to live healthy and independent lives and intervening and offering support when needed.
“This vision and strategy for adult social care must form part of a wider health and well-being approach to supporting residents across the county. To this end this strategy focuses on the steps that Adults’ Services must take to meet its responsibilities and work towards achieving joined up community-based services.”
The consultation runs until 14 December 2018, and you can share your views by visiting our consultation hub.