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Pioneering approach to disabled care

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: February 15, 2013

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DISABLED residents will get seamless care throughout their lives under plans to bring together adult and child services for the first time.


The county council’s Independent Futures scheme will introduce key workers who will stay with people throughout their lives so their care is consistent.

There are plans to more than double the number of key workers from 36 to 76 and the aim is to ensure adults can live as independently as possible and not drop out of the care system.

Currently different services cater for children and adults, often resulting in delays and costly reassessments in the the transition period.

The new service has already been piloted for several months and if the county counci's cabinet agrees at its next meeting on Wednesday Staffordshire could become the first in the country to operate the system.

Councillor Liz Staples, cabinet member for adult and wellbeing, said: “We want to make sure disabled people and their families who need support are able to get it.

“As well as this we also want to create a service that supports people into living an independent, active and enjoyable life as much as possible.

“This service will work with people with disabilities and their families to develop a package of support that suits them, recognises what they want and takes into account their ambitions and aspirations for an independent life.”

Under the scheme disabled people will have their needs and those of their families assessed as a whole rather than in separate parts by the key worker. The support will look across all areas of a person’s life, from health to housing and education.

Council bosses say staff, parents and services users have been consulted extensively and support the plans.

Councillor Mike Lawrence, cabinet member for children’s wellbeing, added: “By bringing these services together we can ensure disabled people iare getting the right services at the right time.”

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