Annual report says Sheffield’s adult social care is South Yorkshire’s worst

Sheffield City Council’s adult social care is the worse in South Yorkshire, according a report presented by Director of Adult Services Phil Holmes.

In his annual report, presented to the Council’s Healthier Communities and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Committee, it says: “Sheffield now performs worse than all our neighbours on almost all measures.”

Performance for the authority had worsened from 2015 into 2016.

In the ASCOF (Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework) measures, their services performed below the national average, and behind Rotherham, Doncaster, and Barnsley.

These measures relate to the social care-related quality of life, permanent admissions to residential and nursing care homes among older adults, services users feeling safe, and the overall satisfaction of services users.

Outside of South Yorkshire it was also revealed to be one of the worst in the UK.

In the meeting, Mr Holmes said: “I am not going to hide behind austerity. We are not a special case.”

Responding to the presentation, Liberal Democrat Councillor Bob Pullin said: “If this was education, we’d be in special measures.”

Mr Holmes attributed the poor performance to outdated commissioning, and case management systems.

Committee Chair, Councillor Pat Midgely asked for Mr Holmes to come back in six months to give an update on how suggested improvements were progressing.

In the separate cabinet meeting last week, the decision was taken to raise Council care homes fees by 3.2%.

There are currently 82 care homes in Sheffield, providing 376 beds.

However, the report proposing the fee rise said: “If the demand increases or the capacity reduces there is a risk there will be insufficient places at the right quality and price for the people who need them.”

The Council anticipate a 10% rise in demand for care home places between 2012 and 2020.

Last year 11,000 received long term support from the Council. This was a 7% rise on the previous year.

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