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Over 5,000 new requests for adult social care assistance a day

New figures from NHS Digital show that local authorities received 1.8 million new requests for adult social care support in 2017-18, an increase of 1.6 per cent on 2016-17 and equivalent to 5,100 new requests per day. These requests were received from 1.3 million people; those aged 65 and over accounted for 71.6 per cent of the requests. Similar to previous years, 77.1 per cent of the requests originated from the community and 20.1 per cent originated from a discharge from hospital.

The Adult Social Care Survey allows local authorities to compare their performance against previous years, as well as against other local authorities. Good news for STP partner Birmingham City Council (BCC), which has improved its performance compared to last year in seven out of eight measures. BCC is now in the top half of all authorities for all measures, apart from overall satisfaction, where it has still improved significantly.

Graeme Betts, Birmingham City Council’s Director of Adult Social Care and Health, comments: “We still have more to do, but rising in the ranks from 59th to 7th on the measure for Social Care related quality of life – impact of Adult Social Care services, is a great achievement, and I want to thank staff all for all their efforts.

Details of additional measures will be published soon, and it is likely we will see a mixed picture highlighting some areas of success and others where we still need to improve; but we know what our challenges are and we are putting plans in place to deliver continuous improvement.

Overall, this report shows that we are on the right lines, and after a lengthy period where Birmingham’s performance needed to improve, I am confident that  everything that we are trying to do to deliver better outcomes for users of our services is starting to come to fruition.

Read the full report:

https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/adult-social-care-activity-and-finance-report/2017-18

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