New social care scheme to deliver better services for people who need care at home in Trafford

Pilot schemes that promote independence for people who need care at home is to be launched by Trafford Council as part of a £1m transformation initiative.

More than 1,700 people will benefit from the plans over the next two years, which will transform the way the Council commissions and delivers care at home services for Trafford residents.

The services will support people who need assistance with daily routines, such as dressing, taking medicines or housework.

The decision to launch the initiative was agreed on Thursday by the leadership teams across Trafford Council and Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group. The £1m comes from the Greater Manchester transformation budget.

Cllr Andrew Western, leader of Trafford Council, said:

We know that social care is under a lot of pressure at the moment. We have managed to put extra money into the Adult Social Care budget this year but we still want to improve the lives of residents by creating better and more efficient services. We are keen to continue transforming the way we deliver services and we believe these pilot schemes are innovative ideas that will promote independence, improve health and reduce health inequalities.

Martyn Pritchard, Accountable Officer of Trafford CCG, said:

We are looking forward to working with Trafford Council to commission holistic services that deliver great care to the people of Trafford. It’s vital that services continue to innovate and this money will enable us to do just that.”

The homecare pilot scheme will be part of the Council’s award-winning Let’s Talk initiative that puts the person at the centre of care decisions. It will help provide evidence to the Council of the improved outcomes that a new way of delivering home care can support.

It will see highly-skilled care staff based in local communities, providing people who receive care at home with a familiar face, whatever their requirements.

One of the other schemes the Council is launching is homecare visits in hospital. This means that people who are admitted to hospital will receive a wellbeing visit from their carer. This will enable better hospital discharge planning so people can be discharged from hospital earlier, freeing up valuable hospital bed space and allowing homecare users to receive care in the comfort of their own homes. These schemes are a much more effective way of providing Council services in the longer term and will represent far better value for taxpayers’ money.

The services will now go out to tender and, if successful, the Council will be able to deliver the innovative services across the whole of Trafford later this year.

Posted on Friday 7th June 2019