Improvements needed to Dorset adult social care

IMPROVEMENTS need to be made to Dorset’s adult social care practices, according to an independent review.

Rob Assall of the Care Quality Commission told Dorset County Council cabinet members that the authority’s services were ‘adequate’ overall.

But he also highlighted areas in which the authority could improve its programme of adult care work.

Mr Assall said there was a need to ensure that staff are properly supervised, that care service users are encouraged to feedback about their experiences and that services are further developed to meet the needs of black and ethnic and lesbian and gay people.

Mr Assall also said that the county council has a ‘promising’ capacity to improve in these areas and that its adult care staff had been trained in a ‘robust’ manner.

The cabinet committee was told that Dorset County Council’s performance in adult care services was on a par with most of the rest of the country.

Mr Assall added that the authority’s staff is working well with staff from its partner agencies.