Adult Social Care - Key information in public interest

M Jones made this Freedom of Information request to Cambridgeshire County Council

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Dear Cambridgeshire County Council,

1. How much was spent in total in adult social care in the financial year 2010-2011, 2011-12 and 2012-13?

2. Please provide a breakdown of the adult social care spending 2012-13 by locality and by service user group (physical disability, learning disability, older people, sensory, mental health, other if applicable - please specify). Locality spending will be available as each team utilises a different budget code.

3. Please provide a copy (Word document if possible) of the adult social care assessment and care/support plan (general/older people applicable if multiple types of assessment available) currently in use.

4. Please provide a breakdown of the resource allocation (RAS) questions used to determine the indicative personal budget for an adult being assessed in social care (if different RAS calculators in use please provide the answers applicable to older people).

5. Please specify the number of points per RAS question and option.

6. Please specify the monetary value (£) of each RAS point. It is in the public interest to disclose these details as it directly affects the general public and is a foundation of local government's willingness to be open and accountable.

7. Please state the local authority's current eligibility level (moderate, substantial or critical) for adult social care. Has this changed since April 2010? If so - how?

8. Please state any policy conditions or alterations to the national eligibility framework when applied to adult social care (e.g. whether the eligibility is met in a global way or identified per area of care such as personal care, domestic routines, transport, carers needs, health deterioration and abuse/neglect).

9. Please state the funding bands and monetary value (£) of each band for residential and nursing placements for each service user group (physical disability, learning disability, older people, sensory, mental health, other if applicable - please specify). Has this changed since April 2010? If so - how?

10. Please state the standard funding rate (£) of each band for day services (also known as day care) for each service user group (physical disability, learning disability, older people, sensory, mental health, other if applicable - please specify). Has this changed since April 2010? If so - how?

11. Please state the standard funding rate (£) of each band for domiciliary care services (also known as home care) for each service user group (physical disability, learning disability, older people, sensory, mental health, other if applicable - please specify). Has this changed since April 2010? If so - how?

12. Does the local authority operate funding panels (also known as scrutiny, risk and validation panels) for the approval of adult social care funding requests by social workers and associated social care workers? How often do these meet? Who sits on these panels (mix of professionals and seniority)? Do they only deal with specific types of requests (e.g. residential and nursing placements only)? If there is no panel who approves funding requests? If the panel does not approval all funding requests (e.g. only placements) who approves the other requests?

13. Does adult social care operate an electronic social care record (ESCR) system such as carefirst or AIS? What system(s) is in use? Does the local authority maintain paper files for adult social care service users in addition to the electronic system? Are there any plans to change this system before May 2015? If so to what system and at what estimated cost?

14. How many qualified adult social care staff are currently in post (please provide all figures as full time equivalents FTE if possible)? What changes have occurred in the number of adult social care social workers since April 2010? If this precise information is not available please give an indication of the changes in the adult social care workforce in an appropriate period which is available. Are any changes planned or in progress regarding the number of qualified adult social care front line staff - if so, what?

15. How many non-qualified adult social care staff are currently in post (please provide all figures as full time equivalents FTE if possible)? What changes have occurred in the number of adult social care non-qualified front line staff (assistant social workers, community care officers, social care facilitators) since April 2010? If this precise information is not available please give an indication of the changes in the adult social care workforce in an appropriate period which is available. Are any changes planned or in progress regarding the number of non-qualified adult social care front line staff - if so, what?

16. What percentage of older people service users currently have a personal budget (indicative amount)?

17. What percentage of older people service users currently have a direct payment (also known as cash budget or self-managed budget)?

18. What service/support does the local authority provide to assist people with direct payments to effectively manage their budget (e.g. is an external organisation contracted to provide managed accounts? If so - who and at what annual cost?)

19. How many referrals for older people are currently pending (not yet allocated to a front line worker to carry out an assessment in the next few weeks)? This information will be available as each local authority maintains a waiting list (by whatever name) in order that pending referrals are not lost. As this changes on a daily basis this can be provided as a reliable estimate or snap shot.

20. How many adult social care assessments and reviews were completed in 2012? This figure should be available as each intervention will be recorded on the central reporting system with an outcome for audit purposes. If possible please provide a breakdown according to service user group.

21. What was the total local authority budget for 2010-11? What percentage of the budget was allocated for adult social care?

22. What is the total local authority budget for 2013-14? What percentage of the budget has been allocated for adult social care?

Yours faithfully,

M Jones

FOI, Cambridgeshire County Council

Dear M Jones

Re: Freedom of Information Request ref 2882

Thank you for your email of 20 May 2013 in which you requested
information about adult social care spending and resource allocation.

Your request will be dealt with in line with the Freedom of Information
Act and its regulations. In accordance with the Act, the Council aims
to respond to all requests within 20 working days, in this instance, by
18 June 2013.

If we require further information, clarification or a fee in order to
fulfil your request we will contact you again. Please quote the
reference number above in all future correspondence concerning this
request.

Yours sincerely,

Jo Withey
Information Governance Officer

SH1202
Shire Hall
Castle Hill
Cambridge
CB3 0AP

01223 729164

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Green Anne-Marie, Cambridgeshire County Council

Dear Mr/Ms Jones

I write with reference to your request of 20 May 2013 regarding Adult social care spending and resource allocation. I am contacting you to seek clarification on your request as follows:

In the question below,

13. Does adult social care operate an electronic social care record (ESCR) system such as carefirst or AIS? What system(s) is in use? Does the local authority maintain paper files for adult social care service users in addition to the electronic system? Are there any plans to change this system before May 2015? If so to what system and at what estimated cost?

Could you please define "the estimated cost", e.g. is this the total cost of ownership (hardware, software, consultancy, internal staffing costs etc) or just the AIS software licencing costs?

I look forward to receiving your clarification.

Kind regards

Anne-Marie Green
Team Administrator
Regulation, Performance and Business Support
Cambridgeshire County Council
Box CC1221, Shire Hall, Castle Hill, Cambridge CB3 0AP
Tel: +44 (01223) 715903
Fax: +44 (01223) 475982
Email: [email address]<mailto:[email address]>

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Dear Anne-Marie,

Could this be broken down to:
a) original purchase cost (software and licence fee)
b) 2012-13 running costs (software and licence fee)

Yours sincerely,

M Jones

Green Anne-Marie, Cambridgeshire County Council

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Dear Mr/Ms Jones

I write with reference to your request of 20 May 2013 regarding Adult social care spending and resource allocation.

Please find attached the requested information.

I hope this information is helpful but if you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review, you should write to Sandra Taylor, Corporate Information Manager, Box Res 1405, Shire Hall, Cambridge CB3 0AP within 40 days of the date of this letter.

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Generally, the ICO will not undertake a review or make a decision on a request until the internal review process has been completed.

Kind Regards

Anne-Marie Green
Team Administrator
Regulation, Performance and Business Support
Cambridgeshire County Council
Box CC1221, Shire Hall, Castle Hill, Cambridge CB3 0AP
Tel: +44 (01223) 715903
Fax: +44 (01223) 475982
Email: [email address]

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