Wigan care homes ranked third most improved in UK

Wigan care homes ranked third most improved in UK

Wigan Borough’s residential care homes have been ranked as the third most improved in the UK over the last 12 months.

Currently 82 per cent of care homes in Wigan Borough are rated good compared to 55 per cent last year.

The council was ranked out of 151 local authorities.

A new way of working between the council and its providers through The Deal has been hailed as the success behind the improvements across the borough.

An ongoing programme of care home reform has been in place since 2016 to improve quality and service.

Care providers were encouraged to bid to the council’s Innovation Fund for a slice of £2m to make the homes fit for the future.

The investment has supported residential and nursing care and helped the sector to address some of the issues it is facing including an ageing population and difficulties retaining staff.

Stuart Cowley, director for adult social care and health, said: “This fantastic result has been achieved through developing great relationships with providers based on shared goals and values.

“Our providers have absolutely embraced The Deal and our different way of working and it is clearly having a positive impact.

“We’re so proud of our care homes and the high standards they strive to achieve.

“When we launched The Deal our priority was to give everyone the opportunity to retain their independence and connect into the community while experiencing the best care.

“Working in partnership with our providers we all share the vision to buck the national trend and have the highest standards of care in Wigan for our residents.”

Thanks to acting early and following a clear plan that focused on transforming rather than cutting services, Wigan Council has managed to keep its savings programme on track with £115m already saved to date and overachieve on efficiencies to protect frontline services.

Bold reforms in delivering adult social care have helped the council stay on budget despite being one of the worst hit council by budget reductions and facing increasing demand from an ageing population.

It is believed to one of a handful of councils to have a balanced adult social care budget thanks to its innovative and efficient approach.

Posted on Wednesday 14th February 2018
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