North East MSP Mike Rumbles has welcomed yesterday’s findings from the Care Inspectorate, showing that services for older people in Aberdeen are ‘good’ but could improve in key areas.
The inspection of Aberdeen City Health and Social Care Partnership was carried out between November and February by the Care Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland.
Mr Rumbles said: “This is good news for older people living in the city area. It is clear that our welfare organisations have been working hard to link-up key services and focus on the needs of local people.
“This is the type of joined up thinking that we need in all our services, from health to education and policing – local bodies with the power they need to make improvements on the ground.
“There is always more to be done, especially in areas such as providing enough resources from Government so our local NHS can cope, but these findings are a step in the right direction.”
Aberdeen Councillor Martin Grieg added: “The commitment by staff to care for people in need is the one genuine positive theme that comes out of this report. The caring profession desperately needs more support and encouragement so that they can do the job they want to do which is looking after others. The care environment has to be supportive and professional.
“The report highlights areas where much more has to be done to raise standards in the area of adult social work in the city. There are some welcome good conclusions but there is no room for complacency when it comes to looking after vulnerable people. There are too many 'adequates' in the report. Liberal Democrats want to see a radical improvement in social work. There is no time to waste.
“Bed blocking is an enormous problem that has gone on for too long. The lack of action in addressing this is deeply troubling. The city's new Health and Social Care Partnership offers a tremendous opportunity to work together in a positive way for the good of all patients and those who receive care. There is clearly an urgent requirement to develop and strengthen the joint working in health and social work in the city.”
Notes for editors:
- The report is available here: http://cinsp.in/2cE6PSG
- Inspectors noted that the inspection took place at a time of considerable reform of health and social care services and the establishment of the Aberdeen City Health and Social Care Partnership. The report identifies areas of good practice but also made eight recommendations for improvement.
- Across the nine key indicators of performance, inspectors found the impact on the community to be very good, recognising the work of the wellbeing team to encourage older people to lead active and healthy lives. Two indicators were evaluated as good, five were found to be adequate, but the delivery of key processes was weak.
- Inspectors noted that the partnership delivered positive outcomes for many older people and their carers and was working to provide a range of services to prevent avoidable admission to hospital.
- They added that although there were some recent signs of improved performance, too many older people still experienced a delay in their discharge from hospital.
- During the course of the inspection, inspectors identified a significant concern over adult support and protection referrals which left some older people at significant risk of harm over a protracted period. In light of this, inspectors noted that the Aberdeen partnership worked with them to undertake an immediate review of adult support and protection referrals to improve the safety and well-being of older people.