Older people’s services in Argyll and Bute are only ‘adequate’, says new report

Health and social work services for Argyll and Bute's older people need to be improved, according to a new inspection report.
Health and social work services for Argyll and Bute's older people need to be improved, according to a new inspection report.

Health and social work services for Argyll and Bute’s older people are no better than “adequate” in many crucial areas, according to a new report.

A joint inspection by the Care Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland, carried out between April and June of 2015, says the new Argyll and Bute health and social care partnership (HSCP) - which starts work on April 1 - needs to improve several aspects of older people’s service provision, including:

- further measures to deliver Scottish Government targets on delayed discharge

- an improved approach to ‘reablement’ (helping people regain the ability to look after themselves following illness or injury)

- working more with carers’ centres to improve the way information about carers’ needs is shared

- improving the geographical equity of its services

- updating the way it consults with stakeholders.

Only two of the nine quality indicators assessed in the inspection were judged to be ‘good’, with the other seven all given an ‘adequate’ rating.

An improvement plan is due to be published by the HSCP by the end of this month.

A report on the inspection, to be brought before Argyll and Bute Council’s community services committee on March 10, concludes: “The partnership welcome the findings of the inspection process and will use this to help guide our improvement journey as we move towards improved joint working within our new Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) management structure.

“It is the stated intention of the new HSCP to improve outcomes for all adults in Argyll and Bute by working together more effectively across our localities to deliver safe, sustainable and person centred care.”