Adult Services Cabinet Member – Minutes – 29 January 2016

The council Community Support Team was a regulated service providing  short term reablement services seven days a week, 365 days a year to adults vulnerable in need in North Lincolnshire. The service worked alongside health colleagues to ensure positive outcomes for individuals, supporting them to regain their independence within their own home after a period of illness or injury.

During 2014/15 the service supported 1,367 individuals over 65 years of age and the performance data identified that 85% of people met their independence outcomes from rehabilitation and reablement within an average of four weeks and required no further support or only low level interventions (such as equipment/telecare). This made North Lincolnshire the top performing council in the Yorkshire and Humber region for this outcome.

The number of individuals that Adult Services had been notified as ready to leave hospital with care and support needs had increased over the last year from 780 to 1074 in the last 12 months.

The service data showed that people who did not receive rehabilitation and reablement services were more likely to need long term support more quickly and for longer.

Resolved – That the investment required in reablement at home to create a new team supporting people home from hospital, as set out in the report and accompanying appendix,  be approved.

The corresponding report of the following item (Minute 7 refers) contains exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 1 and 2 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).

7 (7) RE-GRADING OF THE SENIOR ENABLEMENT OFFICER WITHIN THE ENABLING SUPPORT TEAM – The Director of People submitted a report seeking approval to regrade the post of Senior Enablement Officer.

The Enabling Support Team provided floating housing related support to adults living in the community, and intensive long and short term support to enable those with the most complex of needs to move into community settings and provide ongoing support.

The service had grown over the previous year as staff from the disability services transferred into the team to enable the service to develop a wider skill set and provide more comprehensive support to service users.

The service supported a total of 901 individuals during 2014/15.  Twenty eight people had been supported to leave residential care and return home, seven people with complex needs had been supported to return to North Lincolnshire from out of area placements (since January 2015).

Since the transfer of staff from the disability service into the team, the role of Senior Enablement Officer was now required to take additional responsibilities.

Resolved – That the regrading of the Senior Enablement Officer, as set out in the report, be approved.