'Supporting our Future' Adult Social Care and Health Draft Strategy 2019-2022

Closed 31 Mar 2019

Opened 21 Jan 2019


We all need a bit of help sometimes. Adults who are living with a disability or long term health condition may need extra support to stay well and independent, and Reading’s Adult Social Care service is there to make sure that support is in place when it’s needed. From advice about local groups and activities, through to support on leaving hospital, finding the right aids, or help to arrange home care, our staff support people to make informed choices and live life to the full.

Social care is not the same as health care, but we work in partnership with the NHS to support people’s recovery from illness or injury. And we never forget that people live in families and communities: these often provide the most effective care of all, but may need back-up to continue this vital role.
Evidence shows that early help to prevent health problems from getting worse is more cost effective than focusing on support after a crisis. There has never been a more pressing need to ensure that Adult Social Care is as efficient and as cost effective as possible. 

Government funding for Reading will have been cut from nearly £58 million between 2010 and 2020, leaving the Council with a grant of under £2 million. That grant may be removed entirely by 2020 and there still remains little clarity on how the Government will fund local authorities beyond that point. 

Why We Are Consulting

We have developed a set of priorities for Adult Social Care over the next three years to ensure we prioritise early help, value individuals and achieve efficiencies. Please tell us what you think of these priorities and how we can work with you – as a resident and/or a care partner - to meet these. Your feedback will help us to work out a detailed plan to get us to where we need to be so that Reading residents receive excellent care and support from a sustainable local system.

Please see the 'Supporting your future' Draft Strategy 2019-2022 below:

Please contact us if you:

  • have any queries
  • would like to receive a hard copy of the consultation questionnaire
  • require additional support to understand or complete the questionnaire

If you prefer you can write to us to let us know your comments:

Melissa Wise

Head of Transformation
Reading Borough Council
Civic Centre

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