The City of Wolverhampton Council is now ranked among the UK’s top 20 authorities providing the best performing health and social care services

Having spent 74 million on adult social care services last year, the city’s health and social care system has gone up 80 places in the last two years and is now the UK’s 18th highest performing.

A vast majority of the 74 million was spent on care for older people and people with learning disabilities, and marked improvements can be seen in the care given for both categories.

The spending has also allowed for many achievements which are highlighted in the 2018-19 Local Account, the annual report for the city council’s adult social care services. 

Hospital patients in the city are now experiencing less delays in being discharged, and more people with disabilities are finding work, according to the report.

The high level of spending on care for older people has allowed assistive technology to help a record number of people to live independently longer.

The city council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Services Councillor Linda Leachhas welcomed the contribution made by council colleagues and partner agencies who worked together to provide the services for more than 4,500 people last year.

“This report showcases the fantastic work that took place in 2018-19 with adults with care and support needs and carers” she said,

“And I’d like to pay tribute to hard working colleagues at the council and our partner agencies for their continuing dedication.”

One of the key achievements showcased in the local account is a marked improvement in the time taken for hospital discharges, with the number of people experiencing delayed transfers of care dropping by over 70 per cent.

Also benefitting from a big share of the spending, more people with learning disabilities are finding work, with the number of people with learning disabilities in paid employment up by 35 per cent following a trend from the previous year which saw a 37.5 per cent rise.

There has also been a dramatic increase in the number of vulnerable people or those with disabilities being helped to live independently supported by the city’s Telecare assistive technology service.

Telecare, which enables remote monitoring of risks within the home, helped more than 4,000 new people remain safe and independent for longer between 2016 and 2019, far above the initial target of 3,000.

The council has also been piloting a new approach, planned to be embedded next year, called Three Conversations, which is expected to allow for more prompt responses by social workers to people who need support

“It is wonderful to see how much progress has been made in adult social care and we are excited about the innovation and creativity that is taking place in the city.” Councillor Leach added.