Kingston top performing council for adult social care services

Kingston Council has been recognised as being in the top 10% of local authorities for adult social care outcomes and providing value for money.

This puts the council as one of only three councils across the country to have outstanding children's and adult services. According to latest figures from the IMPOWER index for adult social care, Kingston is amongst the best performers nationally for productivity and measured outcomes against money spent. 

The index enables local authorities and health trusts across England to compare their performance against all other local authorities and health trusts. It measures which councils are spending their money most effectively and getting the best outcomes for residents, along with which trusts and councils are best at reducing delays in the transfer of people from hospitals into social care.

Kingston Council is already recognised as being in the top 20 performing local authorities in England for assisting patients being discharged from hospital. The number of social care delayed transfers of care (DToC) days in the borough have significantly fallen in the last two years, with an 85 per cent reduction since 2016/17. 

Stephen Taylor, Executive Director of Adult Social Care and Health, said:

“This achievement is a testament of our hard work from our frontline staff to deliver the best of care and support to our most vulnerable members of the community.

“We are pleased to have been recognised nationally, especially in financially challenging times, for the work we are doing to deliver excellent outcomes for our residents. 

“In Kingston we are proud of the work we are doing with our partners, working effectively together to meet changes in demands whilst using our limited resources in the best possible way.

“We welcome the Government’s recent commitment of £49.2billion in 2020/21, including £1billion of new social care grant funding, and a continuation of all existing social care grants.”

Kingston, like many councils spends most of its money on all-age social care. We are now supporting more elderly and vulnerable residents than we have before and Kingston’s ageing population means that demands on these vital services will continue to rise. Costs of adult social care services alone are predicted to total £53million and will account for 38% of the council total yearly spend in 2020-21. 

Despite these challenges, this year the council will be investing £6.6million in key services for residents, including adults with learning difficulties, older residents, children in care and young people leaving care. 

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