Release date: 24 June 2021
The County Council aims to achieve the very best outcomes for vulnerable people by using all of its available resources to best effect. Our Council Plan commits us to keeping people safe from vulnerable situations, helping people and communities to fulfil their potential and making the best use of resources.
We recognise the important role day services play in supporting vulnerable people and their carers. For the future we also want to make sure that people have access to activities and opportunities in their local community. To achieve this will mean developing and delivering new models of care while using fewer building-based day services.
People are therefore invited to share their views on proposed changes to the future of Shaw day services for older people in West Sussex. There are a wide range of day services which offer activities to older people with social care needs across West Sussex.
West Sussex County Council commissions Shaw Healthcare Ltd to provide six of these at centres which are located on the same sites as some of Shaw Healthcare’s residential care homes.
The Shaw Healthcare services have been closed since March 2020 due to the coronavirus.
The County Council has carried out a review of these services to understand whether the Shaw day services are required in the future, if they provide best value for public money, and if not, what needs to change in order to deliver better outcomes for people. As a result of the review and as part of the County Council’s wider savings plans, the proposal is to close these day services permanently and provide alternative support where needed.
A public consultation is now open about the proposal to inform the decision on the future of these services.
The County Council is working with current customers, their families and friend carers to meet needs in different ways and will continue to do so if the decision is taken to close the services permanently. We will also be working to identify any gaps in services in the community for potential development.
We’re keen to hear from everyone who uses these services, together with their family and friend carers and all those who would like to share views on how best the service can support people in the future. We’d like to understand what types of activities and support are important for people and for their family and friend carers, and how people prefer to access these.
More details about the proposals and how to take part in the consultation are available on our day service consultation page where you can have your say by leaving your comments.
Other formats of the survey, including easy read and large print are available from the consultation page, where you can also request a hard copy.
The consultation runs until midnight on Thursday 5 August 2021.