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Care provision in Flintshire

Published: 16/05/2016

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 public sector. 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.