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Pilot scheme puts social care in A&E

A pioneering pilot scheme to help ease the pressures on NHS resources this winter is being spearheaded by Somerset County Council and local NHS partners. Starting in the next few months, the trial will see the authority base a social worker in the A&E departments at the county’s two major hospitals – Musgrove Park in […]

More support for creative dementia projects

More creative and imaginative grass roots dementia support is being helped by grants from Somerset County Council. The authority is looking to invest more than half a million pounds to kick-start and extend projects and groups that run day-time activities for people with dementia and provide respite for their unpaid carers. Two new projects – […]

Happy birthday Home First

Somerset’s Home First social care and health initiative is celebrating its second birthday, having helped more than 5,000 people return home from hospital sooner. Home First reduces hospital stays by offering patients the opportunity to finish their therapy out of the hospital with tailored help from professionals – providing better outcomes and freeing-up vital hospital […]

Shared Lives set to roll out in Somerset

A scheme that helps vulnerable people live more independent lives is being expanded following a Somerset County Council decision today. The Council’s Cabinet has agreed to transfer its Shared Lives service to Shared Lives South West (SLSW), in a move that will see more people with different needs benefit from the life-changing support. In Somerset, […]

National plaudits for Somerset’s creative social care

Independent social care experts have praised Somerset County Council’s creative approach to social care.   The Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE), one of the sector’s leading voices, says the authority’s innovative work offers “glimmers of hope” at a tough time for social care.   This follows the recent BBC Panorama ‘Crisis in Care’ documentaries […]

Discovery report highlights success and challenge

Employment success, staffing challenges and more inclusive venues for day services have been set-out in a report on one of Somerset County Council’s key care providers.   The report, which was considered by the Council’s Scrutiny Committee today (13 March), gives an update on the performance of Discovery, the social enterprise providing support for around […]

Putting the care into your career

Potential new recruits can find out more about the opportunities for careers in care at a Proud to Care jobs fair this week. Taking place at Yeovil College between 10am and 3pm on Thursday, 29 November the Somerset County Council-backed event will be staffed by representatives from up to 20 care providers. They can tell […]

Community Connect expands

Somerset’s successful Community Connect initiative will be bolstered as the County Council expands its innovative support. The £200,000 investment will be used to recruit more Village Agents so this new way of working can support more vulnerable adults, including Sheltered Housing tenants. Community Connect is well-established across much of the county and enables people to […]

Collaboration counts as 67 service continues

A key bus service between Wells and Burnham-on-Sea will continue until at least March next year thanks to a second pioneering partnership. The 67 service was due to end today (21 July) but after months of meetings and discussions between Somerset County Council and eight parishes, an agreement has been reached that will see the […]

Money

Capital investment tops £400million

More than £400m is being invested in capital projects such as schools and roads without extra borrowing, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet heard yesterday (Monday). An update on approvals of capital spending – spending on buildings and structures rather than running costs – showed that the current programme amounts to more than £410m. This includes spending […]