Dear Kent County Council,
Please could you provide answers to the questions below regarding Shared Services.
1. Do you currently have any shared services within Social Care with other Local Authorities?
If yes, please state with who and in what areas e.g Children’s, Adults etc…
2. Please describe your plans for joint working between Social Care and Health.
Dear Mr Fox
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Dear Mr Fox
Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) 2000, relating to Kent County Council's shared
I am pleased to provide the response below:
1. Do you currently have any shared services within Social Care with other
Local Authorities? If yes, please state with who and in what areas e.g
Children’s, Adults etc…
The Kent & Medway Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) Office operates
as a partnership arrangement between Kent County Council and Medway
Council, under a collaborative agreement between the two local
authorities. We receive and process DOLS applications for adults from age
18, who are ordinarily resident in Kent and Medway.
Kent County Council shares it’s Out of Hours service with Medway Council.
This provides a response to new and urgent social care situations for both
children and adults outside office hours (8am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday).
For more details see
Kent County Council also has agreements in place with Medway Council.
- The Kent & Medway Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) service
is jointly commissioned by KCC and Medway Council, for vulnerable people
from age 16.
- Live it Well website
- Mental Health matters Helpline
- We also jointly commission a range of MH services with our CCG
colleagues in the voluntary sector including primary care community link
workers advocacy, employment services, informal community services,
supported accommodation and user forums.
In terms of shared services the Kent Carers Emergency card website does
include Medway - www.kentcarersemergencycard.co.uk. Medway are included
as the carers support provider is the same in Medway as in Dartford
Gravesham and Swanley and South West Kent.
As far as equipment goes, KCC has shared Community Equipment stores with
Medway for complex equipment, and also the Children's Community Equipment
Store is a shared service with Medway.
2. Please describe your plans for joint working between Social Care and
I have attached Kent’s Pioneer bid outlining our plans for joint working
between Health & Social Care.
If you are unhappy with this response, and believe KCC has not complied
with legislation, please ask for a review by following our complaints
process; details can be found at this link
on our website. Please quote reference FOI/13/1986.
If you still remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you can
appeal to the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Details of what you need to do, should
you wish to pursue this course of action, are available from the
Information Commissioner’s website http://www.ico.org.uk/complaints.
Information Access Officer
Information Resilience & Transparency Team
Business Strategy & Support, Governance & Law
Kent County Council, Room 2.71, Sessions House, County Road, Maidstone,
Telephone: 01622 221037, Internal: 7000 1037, Fax: 01622 696075
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