Adult care improving, claims watchdog

PUBLISHED: 10:46 10 December 2009 | UPDATED: 17:25 25 August 2010

ADULT care provision provided by the council has continued to improve, a report has found.

ADULT care provision provided by the council has continued to improve, a report has found.

The Care Quality Commission's report on adult social services, published last Thursday, found that outer London boroughs, including Bexley, generally scored well.

The borough scored 'well' in six categories, excellent in achieving economic wellbeing, but only adequate in maintaining dignity and respect.

Greenwich council scored excellent in improving health and wellbeing and 'well' in all the other categories.

But the report's authors said council bosses must help get rid of poor quality care by purchasing from providers more effectively.

It read: "Alongside this overall improvement in performance, councils have been focusing less on people with the highest needs because of increasing financial pressures."

A spokesperson for Bexley council said: "The rating assessed by the Care Quality Commission relates to last year, when there was a limited resource funded solely by the council.

"Since that time, partnership with others organisations, such as the Bexley Care Trust and the Metropolitan Police, has resulted in an extended Safeguarding Adults Team being developed to encompass a head of safeguarding adults and three safeguarding adults co-ordinators.

"This team links with all the social work teams that are responsible for most investigations across all adult client groups.

"They provide specialist support and guidance, support best practice and identify areas for further development to ensure that the council and its partners work collaboratively to protect vulnerable adults from abuse."

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