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Celebrating partnership working with social care providers

Published: 07/04/2022

Flintshire Social Services are proud of the relationship developed with providers of care and support services, and never more so now than throughout the pandemic. 

Key to our successful partnerships is our ability to pool our expertise, share our resources and we believe fair reward is only one characteristic of fair work. 

Below are some of the programmes the Council has supported.

Our local providers have benefitted hugely from the effective supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The North East Wales Community Equipment Service (NEWCES) was identified in the early stages of the pandemic as the main platform to distribute the Welsh Government’s provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in North East Wales. You may be interested to know that over the pandemic, we have order and distributed approximately:

• 3.5 million aprons

• 8.2 million gloves

• 4.2 million masks

• 81,000 visors.

We continue to fund and work with providers to develop even better person centred practice through the Progress for Providers Programme. This is an accreditation programme which gives providers the tools, knowledge and skills to improve outcome for people. 

Flintshire also recognises the challenges faced by care providers across the sector and works creatively with partners to deliver innovative care for the residents of Flintshire.  This is particularly true of the care delivered for individuals who access our learning disability services, such as through the charity, Hft.  

Hft Regional Director Andrew Horner said:

“As a charity, we’ve worked in partnership with Flintshire social services for over 5 years. Delivering day opportunity and supported employment services across the county. The close working relationship has resulted in really innovative service developments creating exciting opportunities with some amazing outcomes for the people we support.

“I can honestly say our partnership goes from strength to strength. Flintshire is such a supportive council and is responsive to new ideas and new ways of working which puts people with learning disabilities at the heart of our partnership.”  

In response to ongoing recruitment challenges across the sector, the Council recently funded and hosted a social care recruitment fair. This gave a space for local providers to promote current vacancies and network with others.  We have also been able to offer providers free training in Values Based Recruitment, a very well received and effective approach to recruit staff based on their values, not their qualifications.