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Vulnerable adults top priority for council

Herefordshire Council says protecting the interests of vulnerable adults is a top priority for the council, following yesterday’s announcement that the future of Wye Valley NHS Trust is under the spotlight.

Herefordshire Council is aware that Wye Valley NHS Trust is considering options for the future delivery of health services.  The council currently commissions Wye Valley NHS Trust to manage and provide some adult social care services on its behalf.  These services are delivered by social care staff seconded from the council to the trust.

The current  social care commissioning arrangements with Wye Valley NHS Trust  are due to expire in 2013 and the council  is considering, in conjunction with Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, how to continue delivering high quality and cost effective community health and social care to the county’s vulnerable adults.

Councillor John Jarvis, leader of Herefordshire Council, said: “We understand that Wye Valley NHS Trust is having to consider these options.  Maintaining hospital services for Herefordshire is very important to us.”

Councillor Patricia Morgan, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, added: “The council is responsible for providing adult social care to residents in Herefordshire.   We are working on plans for the future commissioning of adult social care services and, alongside our commissioners in health, are involved in the discussions taking place regarding options for the future of Wye Valley NHS Trust.

“Our commissioning discussions will of course take into account potential changes within partner organisations.  The priority for us all is to ensure the interests of vulnerable adults are well met and that we continue to improve social care outcomes for people in Herefordshire.”