The Government’s vision for adult social care ‘capable communities and active citizens’ is built on seven principles:
We have worked with the people who use our services and their carers to develop our vision for adult social care locally, laid out in our vision of care and support for vulnerable adults in Devon.
This lays out what we want to achieve for vulnerable adults in Devon:
It states the values we work to:
And it lays out our on-going priorities:
To understand further how we are meeting the needs of those who use our services and our carers, you can explore our joint commissioning strategies:
We support the vision of personalisation and community-based support detailed in ‘Think Local, Act Personal’. The overall aim is to enable as many people as possible to stay healthy and actively involved in their communities for longer and delaying or avoiding the need for additional support. When people do need support, we aim to empower them with the information, means (financial and practical) and confidence to make choice and control a reality.
We have almost achieved the government target of 70% of people who use our services having a personal budget:
We are among the regional leaders in empowering people to achieve better outcomes through exercising choice and control using direct payments:
Each autumn, the Care Quality Commission, responsible for regulation and inspection, publishes a review of the state of health and social care in England which describes the rapidly changing national picture. It shows, for example, that the south-west region does well at preventing unplanned admissions into hospital.
In Devon we work closely with the Care Quality Commission, our NHS partners and neighbouring local authorities to assure the quality of care. We are making new investments to improve how we safeguard vulnerable people and in working with providers to improve the services they offer. We have set clear minimum standards for care, intervene where they are not being achieved and suspend or cease placements until we are convinced those standards are being met.
At the end of 2014, there were 532 providers of social care services registered with the CQC:
About 15% of the people we support in residential and nursing care live outside Devon: about a half of these in neighbouring authority areas; a quarter in specialist provision elsewhere; and the remainder in a location of their choice close to friends and family.
About half of the people in residential and nursing care in Devon arrange and fund their own care but our safeguarding and quality improvement activity aims to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of all residents.
Of the 532 providers in Devon:
The proportion of providers that meet our quality threshold of having no or only minor concerns:
Fundamental reforms to how the health and care system works are being enacted through the Care and Support Act that will transform adult social care by modernising legislation to ensure services are based around the needs, outcomes and experiences of people.
To help people understand the implications of these changes in legislation for them, their family, and their community, the government has produced a series of factsheets.
The main Care Act reforms are:
From April 2015
From April 2016
For further information about the implementation of the Care Act in Devon and its implications for you please visit our website.
For national information and advice on accessing care and support, use NHS Choices to find out what is changing.
This page was last modified: 3rd Mar 2017