Care provision in Flintshire
During the recent Health and Social Care overview Scrutiny meeting on 22 April,
Independent Care Providers in Flintshire were given the opportunity to present
their concerns about the sector to Scrutiny Members. At the meeting it was
agreed that the care sector across the country faces significant immediate and
long-term challenges and that Flintshire County Council supports the need for
national reform in the funding of the social care sector in Wales.
The Council has recognised that finding a sustainable solution will require
significant resource and that there is an opportunity to work together with
health partners to address the complexities of the situation, by developing
more integrated models of care and support.
Leader of Flintshire County Council, Councillor Aaron Shotton, said:
“I was pleased that representatives of Independent Care Providers (IPCs) in
Flintshire attended Aprils meeting of the Social Care Overview and Scrutiny
Committee. The exchange of views at the meeting proved to be very constructive
and will help us to understand the difficulties currently faced by IPCs and how
we can work to our common goal of providing the best care services for the
people of Flintshire in these very challenging times.
The Council will campaign publicly to ensure the needs of the Care Sector
remain a priority for the new Welsh Government and BCUHB. Ensuring that our
partners recognise that this is one of the most difficult issues facing the
Flintshire County Councils Cabinet Member for Social Services, Councillor
Christine Jones, said:
“Together with our health partners we are exploring a range of delivery models
including co-operative models of care to maintain the local care economy and
are also planning to increase our in-house domiciliary care provision, working
closely with care providers. We are also developing a plan to retain all three
Flintshire County Council’s residential care homes and plans are already in
place to extend Extra Care provision in Flint and Holywell.