Adult Social Care - Key information in public interest

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Dear Devon 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 (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 (under several names) 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.

Yours faithfully,

M Jones

Dear Devon County Council,

In addition to initial query:

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

Freedom of Information Office - Mailbox, Devon County Council

Dear M Jones

Freedom of Information Act 2000
Information Request 03863

I am in receipt of your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act dated 18/05/2013 concerning Adult Social Care at Devon County Council.

Under the Freedom of Information Act you are entitled to be informed as to whether or not Devon County Council holds the information you have requested, and if so, to have this information communicated to you within 20 working days. This is of course subject to the application of any relevant exemptions from disclosure under Part II of the Act.

Devon County Council will endeavour to provide you with a response to your request as soon as possible, but incidentally by no later than 18/06/2013.

Yours sincerely,

Martin Lawrence
Senior Information Governance Officer
 
Customer Relations & Information Governance
Room 120
County Hall
Exeter
EX2 4QD
Tel: 01392 384674
Email: [Devon County Council request email]
 
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Freedom of Information Office - Mailbox, Devon County Council

Dear M Jones

Freedom of Information Act 2000
Information Request 03864

I am in receipt of your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act dated 18/05/2013 concerning Adult Social Care at Devon County Council.

Under the Freedom of Information Act you are entitled to be informed as to whether or not Devon County Council holds the information you have requested, and if so, to have this information communicated to you within 20 working days. This is of course subject to the application of any relevant exemptions from disclosure under Part II of the Act.

Devon County Council will endeavour to provide you with a response to your request as soon as possible, but incidentally by no later than 18/06/2013.

Yours sincerely,

Martin Lawrence
Senior Information Governance Officer
 
Customer Relations & Information Governance
Room 120
County Hall
Exeter
EX2 4QD
Tel: 01392 384674
Email: [Devon County Council request email]
  
Disclaimer: http://www.devon.gov.uk/email.shtml
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Dear Mr Jones,

Information Request 03864

I write further to your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 received on 20^th May 2013.

In reply to your enquiry please find Devon County Council's response
attached.

I hope this information is of assistance to you.

Yours sincerely

Jenny Goodall

Information Governance Officer

Devon County Council
Customer Relations and Information Governance Team
Room 120
County Hall
Topsham Road
Exeter   EX2 4QD
Tel: 01392 38 3549

 

Please note that Devon County Council now publishes most Freedom of
Information and Environmental Information Regulations request responses on
its publication scheme. Details of previous responses are available at
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that members of the public make use of its disclosure log search facility
before making a Freedom of Information or Environmental Information
Regulations request, as it is possible that the information sought, may
have been disclosed in response to a prior request.

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If for any reason you are not satisfied with how your request has been
handled, please write to Devon County Council’s Freedom of Information
Office, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4QD. Details about our
Access to Information complaints procedure can be found at
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complaint is not resolved to your complete satisfaction, you have the
right to refer the matter to the Information Commissioner’s Office,
Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

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Dear Freedom of Information Office - Mailbox,

Thank you for your reply. Please note the information provided answers only one small aspect of the FOI request and the request should not be considered complete/ended. I look forward to a comprehensive reply to all the remaining aspects of the request in the near future.

Yours sincerely,

M Jones

Freedom of Information Office - Mailbox, Devon County Council

Dear Mr Jones,

Please note that the remaining questions form part of a separate FOI
request which we are currently looking at, as the two parts came in
separately, and were logged and numbered as such.  The number of the FOI
request covering the remainder of your questions, and still outstanding,
is Information  Request 03863.  It is a very lengthy request, and we are
currently assessing whether we are able to answer this within the 18 hours
time limit set under FOI - Section 12 - 'Cost of Compliance'. 

It is likely that we will be able to answer some of the questions, but not
all, within this cost limit.  The questions are far reaching and
information held in many separate departments. 

Please rest assured that we will get back to you before the statutory
deadline of 18th June 2013 on this request.

Yours sincerely

Jenny Goodall

Information Governance Officer

Customer Relations & Information Governance Team

Devon County Council

Room 120, County Hall

Topsham Road

Exeter, EX2 4QD

T: 01392 383549

E: [email address]

Please note that my working days are usually Monday to Thursday.  Thank
you.

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Dear Freedom of Information Office - Mailbox,

Thank you for your prompt and informative reply. Please be aware that if the reply to the questions submitted was limited as described the questions would be submitted individually to overcome this. This would take up my own and your FOI team's time unnecessarily and I would like to try and avoid this.

Many thanks for your on-going assistance.

Yours sincerely,

M Jones

Freedom of Information Office - Mailbox, Devon County Council

Dear Mr Jones,

Thank you for your e-mail.

It should be noted that the FOI Act does give provision for requests from the same requestor on the same/similar subject matter to be lumped together and assessed as one request for the purposes of applying Section 12 - Cost of Compliance, so if submitted individually, we would still need to review all requests as one in assessing whether we are able to respond within the 18 hours.

Our responses to your questions are, however, coming together nicely, and we hope to get the information to you by 18th June where possible, as previously advised.

Regards

Jenny Goodall
Information Governance Officer
Customer Relations & Information Governance Team
Devon County Council
Room 120, County Hall
Topsham Road
Exeter, EX2 4QD
T: 01392 383549
E: [email address]

Please note that my working days are usually Monday to Thursday. Thank you.

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Freedom of Information Office - Mailbox, Devon County Council

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Dear Mr Jones,

Information Request 03863

I write further to your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 received on 20^th May 2013.

In reply to your enquiry please find Devon County Council's response
attached.

I hope this information is of assistance to you.

Yours sincerely

Jenny Goodall

Information Governance Officer

Devon County Council
Customer Relations and Information Governance Team
Room 120
County Hall
Topsham Road
Exeter   EX2 4QD
Tel: 01392 38 3549

 

Please note that Devon County Council now publishes most Freedom of
Information and Environmental Information Regulations request responses on
its publication scheme. Details of previous responses are available at
[1]http://www.devon.gov.uk/disclosurelogs-s.... The council requests
that members of the public make use of its disclosure log search facility
before making a Freedom of Information or Environmental Information
Regulations request, as it is possible that the information sought, may
have been disclosed in response to a prior request.

Your right to complain
If for any reason you are not satisfied with how your request has been
handled, please write to Devon County Council’s Freedom of Information
Office, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4QD. Details about our
Access to Information complaints procedure can be found at
[2]http://www.devon.gov.uk/freedom-of-infor.... If your
complaint is not resolved to your complete satisfaction, you have the
right to refer the matter to the Information Commissioner’s Office,
Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Re-use of information
The information supplied to you continues to be protected by the
Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. You are free to use it for your
own purposes, including any non-commercial research you are doing and for
the purposes of news reporting. Use for Direct Marketing purposes is
prohibited. Any other re-use, for example commercial publication, would
require the permission of the copyright holder. Most documents supplied by
Devon County Council will have been produced by local officials and will
be our copyright. If you would like to re-use any of the information which
has been supplied to you, please contact us. Information you receive which
is not subject to our copyright continues to be protected by the copyright
of the person, or organisation, from which the information originated. You
must ensure that you gain their permission before reproducing any
information.

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Dear Freedom of Information Office - Mailbox,

Thank you for your comprehensive and informative reply.

Question 3 (a copy of current adults assessment form and support plan) appears to be missing. In the reply it says 'please see below for a copy' but as the reply comes in the form of a pdf file there is not below or additional files to access.

I would be greatful if the adult assessment and support plans (Carefirst examplars) used by Devon County Council could be posted as separate pdf files as a reply to this message. In doing so I will consider the information request complete and the matter closed - thank you for your assistance.

Yours sincerely,

M Jones

Freedom of Information Office - Mailbox, Devon County Council

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Dear Mr Jones,

I am so sorry that we seem to have omitted the attachment from your response document.

Please find this attached hereto.

Our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Best wishes

Yours sincerely

Jenny Goodall
Information Governance Officer
Customer Relations & Information Governance Team
Devon County Council
Room 120, County Hall
Topsham Road
Exeter, EX2 4QD
T: 01392 383000
E: [email address]

Please note that my working days are usually Monday to Thursday. Thank you.

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