Mel talks about her role as an Occupational Therapist in the Community Team in Taunton – what her role involves, why she enjoys it and why living in Somerset is so much better than London.
‘Home First’ relieves pressure on Somerset hospitals
Home First, a Somerset health and social care initiative, is freeing up hospital beds during this busy winter period by giving people the care they need at home. Although the numbers of people being admitted to local hospitals has increased significantly, the number of people facing unnecessary delays in leaving hospital has reduced by an…
Over 60 per cent of calls resolved first time to keep you independent
More people are having their care needs successfully met on their first phone call to the County Council, thanks to Somerset’s innovative new ways of working. Around 60 per cent of Adult Social Care phone enquiries to the Council’s customer services, Somerset Direct, are now being resolved on the first call and on some days…
Hospital stays reduced thanks to Home First
A new social care and health initiative in Somerset has already helped hundreds of people return safely home earlier from hospital. Since the initiative launched in September over 300 people have been supported to move on from hospital sooner and average stays in hospital have been reduced by five days for each person. As soon…
Gemma and Marie
Gemma and Marie talk about working in the Health Interface Service. They work in hospitals as part of a multi-disciplinary team with people and families to agree discharge plans and advise on creative solutions to help people return and remain at home.
I am a Social Worker at Somerset County Council and I have been here for 2 months. The county is vast in terms of the people you meet and the geographical locations. Working and travelling within the county allows you to see some beautiful scenery, I can see the Quantock hills looking out of the…
Nominated for Social Worker of the Year Award
Somerset County Council’s Adult Social Care team from West Somerset has been selected as a finalist in the national Social Worker of the Year Awards 2017 as a result of their outstanding work with vulnerable adults. The West Somerset team has been nominated for the Team of the Year, Adult Services’ prize and will find…
Paulette talks about training and development opportunities for Occupational Therapists in Somerset.
Eddie started work in the Adult Social Care Locality Team two months ago as a newly Qualified Social Worker. He talks about the support and training on offer at Somerset County Council.
Jess and Amanda
Jess and Amanda work in the adults safeguarding team at Somerset County Council. They talk about why they like working in the team, the support and the opportunities available to develop your career.
Three years on and now almost 300 community micro-enterprises are operating across the county to support people to live independently at home. Somerset County Council, St Margaret’s Hospice and the Somerset Community Foundation have worked with the social enterprise Community Catalysts to deliver a project that helps people with good ideas to set up a…
Stephen Miles started work at Somerset County Council 21 years ago as an apprentice. He talks about his role to transform support for people with learning disabilities. He explains how rewarding it is and how supportive the Council has been over the years.
Meg Niven: Achieved a MSc in Professional Development Award (Social Work)
Meg Niven, an Advanced Practitioner in the Learning & Development team (Adults), graduated from the University of the West of England with a MSc Professional Development Award (Social Work). Meg says: “As part of the Career Pathway programme, I have steadily been building up academic credit completing modules and assignments that were very relevant to…
Annabelle Browning: Final year social work student
I am now coming to the end of my Social Work degree and I have had such an enjoyable experience on my final placement in Adult Social Care in Somerset – it is hard to capture through words how it has enhanced my knowledge, skills and value base and also my confidence. I am so…
Pip Canons moved to Somerset three years ago to relocate to the UK after living abroad. She was looking for a role that would be supportive in her role as a mother and allow her to continue her career. She found that role in Somerset.
Carolyn Smith, Strategic Manager for Mental Health and Safeguarding transferred to Somerset County Council a year ago. She talks about why Somerset is a forward thinking Council and what is on offer in the county for leisure and fun.
Niki Shaw, Strategic Manager for Quality and Performance, has worked for Somerset County Council for 10 years. She talks about why she likes working for the council and what she enjoys about living in Somerset.
Steve moved to Somerset 11 months ago to work for the Council. Steve talks about what attracted him to Somerset, the opportunities on offer and the community spirit he now enjoys living in one of the county’s towns.
Tim has worked at the Council for 10 years. He started in a junior role in Finance and is now a Strategic Manager for Commissioning in Adult Social Care. Tim talks about why he thinks Somerset is a progressive Council and the freedom he has to get on with his job.
Winners of national Skills for Care Accolade
Somerset County Council’s Adult Social Care Learning and Development Team were crowned winners of a prestigious national ‘Skills for Care Accolade’ last week. Now in its 13th year, the Skills for Care Accolades celebrate the achievements of organisations committed to boosting the skills and knowledge of the adult social care workforce. The Adult Social Care…
Award winning Adult Social Care Staff
Adult Social Care staff have been recognised for the outstanding support they provide to adults across the county. Vicky Bennett and Jackie Berry were both presented with the Adult Social Care Worker of the Year Award earlier this month at the Somerset County Council Staff Awards. Vicky and Jackie each received nominations from adults that…
Adult Social Care Services get Innovative
An innovative approach to adult social care in West Somerset is benefiting local people and communities. The pilot project has been running in the West Somerset area for the last nine months. The team have been working hard to change the way they work to help people keep or regain their independence and connect more…
Guardian article about micro-enterprise project
Guardian reporter David Brindle met some micro-providers in Somerset. In his article he explores if micro-providers are the answer to plug the social care gap in the UK. You can read the article in full here: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/apr/26/old-disabled-people-homecare-micro-providers-somerset