2023/7: Social Care Partnership Working, Formal Council Questions and Responses - Monday, 20th March, 2023

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Question to the Cabinet Member for Social Services : 2023/7 - Social Care Partnership Working


Councillor Jenkins asked:


Social care is under significant pressure across the UK. In Wales we have a strong tradition of partnership working. How is partnership working helping Newport to address some of our social care challenges?



Councillors Hughes/Marshall responded:


You are quite right- the pressures faced in social care as it is with our colleagues in health and the third sector are unprecedented and the challenges we face from an increasing demand on services, the increasing complexity of cases, changing demographics workforce pressures and of course budgetary pressures and our legal obligations coupled with the consequences and aftermath of the pandemic  within the statutory framework of social care places local authorities throughout the U.K. in increasingly challenging positions where difficult decisions are made on a daily basis.


This has placed a greater emphasis on partnership working and is a shift from competition culture to a service user need guided approach to service delivery. Partnership plays an important role in ensuring quality service delivery and the concept of partnership is central to Newport’s approach to social care policy.


In May the Social Partnership and Public Procurement Bill is expected to receive royal assent. The Bill strengthens the Senedd commitment to place social partnership on a statutory footing in Wales. It will enhance the well being of people in Wales by improving public services through social partnership working, promoting fair work and socially responsible public procurement. The bill will build on Newport’s extensive history and success of social partnership and other collaborations in Newport and Wales.


In Newport we foster strong relationships with our statutory colleagues both locally, regionally and nationally. Newport works in partnership on a regional level via partnership groups like the Regional Partnership Board where Newport holds the Vice Chair position this year. This is a critical regional partnership between health and social care throughout the region that works strategically to ensure health and social care resources are used to maximum effect. The partnership between health and social care is pivotal to dealing with a wide range of issues and sharing good practice and innovation throughout the region and drives everything from our responses to the winter crisis in health and social care to delivering and sharing good practice in dementia services.

We also work closely with our colleagues in the police, fire and ambulance services and of course our colleagues in the Senedd on national social care legislation.

We have local representatives on important regional and national bodies and currently chair the eliminate agenda and represent Wales on the Social Services and Justice Boards.


Locally Newport as you will be aware has reorganised its leadership group to foster and facilitate closer relationships between its directorship that have led to strong working relationships between Education, Housing, planning and social care teams and this partnership approach carries over into cabinet itself.


We are seeing strong partnership working between Newport and the Home Office and I’d like to thank Sally Jenkins and her officers for the outstanding work they have done  ...  view the full minutes text for item 1.