Tag Archives: social care

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 […]

Somerset Panorama films – available on BBC iPlayer

In case you missed them, the must-watch Panorama social care documentaries filmed with Somerset County Council are available to watch on BBC iPlayer. The two, hour-long films have put the issue of pressures facing social care and the need for a long-term funding solution on the national agenda. Powerful and moving, they are the result of […]

Minister’s tribute to Somerset’s Panorama role

The Minister for Health and Social Care today paid tribute to Somerset County Council for its work with Panorama highlighting the pressures on social care. Secretary of State, Matt Hancock MP, said that Somerset had “done a service to all those who care about social care” by allowing documentary makers to film with its adult […]

Second Panorama film set for broadcast

The second of two Panorama documentary films about the pressures facing social care across the country will be aired on Wednesday at 9pm on BBC1. The films are the result of ten months filming with Somerset County Council’s adult social care teams, shining a light on the incredible work going on in care and the […]

Putting care in the spotlight

Somerset County Council will be helping put the pressures facing care for the elderly and vulnerable at top of the national agenda this month.   The Council’s Adult Social Care services are the subject of two, hour-long films by the BBC’s Panorama team, scheduled to be broadcast on BBC1 at 9pm Wednesday 29 May and […]

Somerset showcased for doing social care differently

Somerset’s trail-blazing work to help people stay independent has been held up as national example of good practice in a report published today (27 March). The ‘Reimagining Social Care’ report, produced by the influential Think Local Act Personal partnership, showcases the Community Connect approach – developed jointly by the County Council’s Adult Social Care service […]

Patients avoid 7,500 nights in hospital through Somerset’s Homefirst scheme

Patients avoided 7,500 nights in hospital and the NHS saved at least £2m to be reinvested by choosing a tailored Somerset help at home scheme. The pioneering ‘Homefirst’ scheme, which has been jointly developed by the County Council’s adult social care team and the county’s hospitals, reduces hospital stays by up to 10 days by […]

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 […]

Looking for more magnificent micro-providers

Somerset’s trail-blazing micro-provider care initiative is looking for new community entrepreneurs. Created four years ago by the County Council in partnership with the Community Catalysts social enterprise, the project helps people with big ideas set-up very small care, help or support services. There are now nearly 400 micro-providers in Somerset providing around 1,600 people with […]

County welcomes fresh thinking on social care funding

Somerset County Council has welcomed comments from MPs discussing potential changes to the funding of social care. Although not supporting any specific approaches at this this stage, the authority is warmly welcoming fresh thinking on the subject at a time when the cost of care is contributing to big budget pressures. Demand for social care […]