Highlights from Reading’s Care and Support Conference

Sarah Morland
Article date
7 April 2016
Primary interest
Social care

Reading Borough Council holds regular Care and Support conferences, bringing together providers from across the sectors to discuss common issues.  The conferences are a great opportunity for voluntary sector providers to connect with businesses providing residential care and care for people in their own homes.

At the conference on 7th April, we heard that the Council is developing a range of strategies outlining the priorities for people with different needs.  The strategy for people with learning disabilities is already published; strategies on Accommodation and Care and Older People will follow shortly.

Right for You (R4U) is the Council’s new approach for people with support needs.  The approach can start with one of three tiers of conversation – connecting people to community resources, support for people in crisis or longer term support.  We will be publishing a detailed news item on R4U as soon as possible.

Kevin Johnson, the Head of Integration for the Council and two Reading Clinical Commissioning Groups, gave an overview of the Better Care Fund (BCF) which aims to focus resources on the top 2% most vulnerable people in need of health and social care support.  This 2% of Reading’s population absorbs 28% of expenditure.  The aim is that “Sam”, the person in receipt of health and social care services, has a better experience of joined up services as a result of the BCF and the work of Reading’s Integration Board. More to follow on BCF and integration as soon as possible.

We heard from Chris Meredith, a therapeutic poet, who visits care homes to create poetry with residents through reminiscence  – a really creative approach with positive outcomes for the residents.

The conference had a packed agenda including more in-depth discussion groups on various topics. These were some of the highlights!

We will publish the date for the next Care and Support conference in due course.