We don't know whether the most recent response to this request contains information or not – if you are James Robinson please sign in and let everyone know.

Needs assessments and social care provision for working age adults with a learning disability

We're waiting for James Robinson to read recent responses and update the status.

Dear Derbyshire County Council,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I kindly request the following information on needs assessments for working age adults with a learning disability and social care provision (as set out in Section 8 of the Care Act 2014) provided for working age adults with a learning disability.

Where questions refer to ‘learning disability’, please include individuals with ‘learning disability’ as their primary support reason.

1. How many working-age adults (aged 18-64) with a learning disability were refused an assessment for adult social care in:

a. 2018/19

b. 2017/18

c. 2016/17

d. 2015/16

e. 2014/15

2. In 2018/19, from the date of their first request for an initial assessment for adult social care, or from the date when the LA first became aware that an assessment was required, how many working-age adults (aged 18-64) with a learning disability had to wait:

a. Over 6 weeks for an assessment to be completed

b. Over 12 weeks for an assessment to be completed

c. Over 24 weeks for an assessment to be completed

d. Please also provide answers to 2(a) to 2(c) for the following years:

i. 2017/18

ii. 2016/17

iii. 2015/16

iv. 2014/15

3. In 2018/19, from the date of their first request for an initial assessment for adult social care, or from the date when the LA first became aware that an assessment was required, how many working-age adults (aged 18-64) had to wait:

a. Over 6 weeks for an assessment to be completed

b. Over 12 weeks for an assessment to be completed

c. Over 24 weeks for an assessment to be completed

d. Please also provide answers to 3(a) to 3(c) for the following years:

i. 2017/18

ii. 2016/17

iii. 2015/16

iv. 2014/15

4. How many working-age adults (aged 18-64) with a learning disability had an assessment for adult social care which identified eligible needs in the following years?

a. 2018/19

b. 2017/18

c. 2016/17

d. 2015/16

e. 2014/15

5. Of the adults identified in questions 4(a) to 4(e) how many were not having all of their eligible needs met after:

a. 6 weeks

b. 12 weeks

c. 24 weeks

6. In 2018/19, how many working-age adults (aged 18-64) with a learning disability had an assessment for adult social care which resulted in no services being provided?

If data is not available for 2018/19, please supply the information for the most recent year that data is available for. Please exclude those who received no services for the reason ‘deceased’.

Yours faithfully,

James Robinson

Access 2 Info (Commissioning Communities and Policy), Derbyshire County Council

Dear Sirs,

I write to acknowledge receipt of your request for information received on 20 December 2019.

Your request will be dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Authorities are required to respond promptly to requests and in any event within 20 working days following the date of receipt. In your case we calculate this to be by the 22 January 2020. However, we shall endeavour to deal with your request promptly, and if possible before this date.

Yours Sincerely,

Julia Pearson
Business Services Assistant
Access 2 Information Team
Derbyshire County Council
County Hall
Matlock
DE4 3AG

PUBLIC – This email includes information which is not personal.

This email or email thread section has been classified PUBLIC - This email includes information which is not personal.
Action Grants – apply now for cash for community activities. Find out more on our website<http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/action>.
Think before you print! Save energy and paper. Do you really need to print this email?

Derbyshire County Council works to improve the lives of local people by delivering high quality services. You can find out more about us by visiting www.derbyshire.gov.uk<http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/>.
If you want to work for us go to our job pages on www.derbyshire.gov.uk/jobs<http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/jobs>. You can register for e-mail alerts, download job packs and apply on-line.

show quoted sections

ASCH Adult Social Care and Health FOI (Adult Social Care and Health), Derbyshire County Council

Dear Mr Robinson

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. Please accept my
apologies for the delay.

 

I am e-mailing you to request an extension to the statutory deadline. I am
afraid that obtaining the information both from a technical aspect and
interpretation aspect is proving both difficult and time consuming.

 

We have attempted to obtain the data and queried on several occasions,
upon interpretation it has become apparent that the search criteria (where
possible) is creating incorrect information. This is due to the complex
nature of the assessment and service provision process and how this is
recorded and monitored on our systems. This, in particular regard to
questions 3 and 5.

 

We are continuing to receive advice, query and request data from our
technical team and work with senior fieldwork to interpret the data in
order to answer your questions. Upon completion, it is likely that the
information will also require some explanation and caveat as it is not as
straight forward as the questions themselves suggest.

 

I am emailing today to ask if you would kindly permit a short extension to
your response date until the 05/02/2020. However we will endeavour to
respond before this date.

 

Kind regards

Peter Cordiner

Information Governance Officer

Efficiencies and Performance

Adult Social Care and Health – Room 262

Derbyshire County Council | County Hall | Matlock | DE4 3AG

 

Tel: 01629 532058 | Ext: 32058 | Email: [email address]

 

 

show quoted sections

Dear ASCH Adult Social Care and Health FOI (Adult Social Care and Health),

Thanks for letting me know and of course fine to extend. Many thanks for looking into this.

Yours sincerely,

James Robinson

ASCH Adult Social Care and Health FOI (Adult Social Care and Health), Derbyshire County Council

Dear Mr Robinson

 

Please accept our apologies for the delay in responding, collating the
data, information and response has been somewhat complex.

Thank you for your information request dated 20/12/2019. I can confirm
that we do hold some of the requested information. The request has been
considered under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  The response to
your request is as follows:

 

1. How many working-age adults (aged 18-64) with a learning disability
were refused an assessment for adult social care in:

 

a. 2018/19

b. 2017/18

c. 2016/17

d. 2015/16

e. 2014/15 

 

None: We assess anyone who request this as per the Care Act (2014) but
this will be proportionate and follows the Care Act outcome and
eligibility domains.

 

The majority of adults with a learning disability have been known to
Derbyshire County Council or another local authority for many years and
have either been referred to us:

a)    From Childrens services at the point of transition to adulthood;

b)    From another local authority and as per the Care Act we accept their
assessment/care and support plan and provide services based on this until
such time as we can assess;

c)    Very occasionally we might become aware of someone who may not have
been known to us (e.g. has lived all their life without support other than
a carer who is now elderly and goes into crisis). In these cases we may
make temporary short term emergency arrangements using our interim support
(assessment and care plan) workflow which is valid up to 6 weeks to enable
us to gather information and ensure we assess at a time that they are more
settled.

 

2. In 2018/19, from the date of their first request for an initial
assessment for adult social care, or from the date when the LA first
became aware that an assessment was required, how many working-age adults
(aged 18-64) with a learning disability had to wait:

 

a. Over 6 weeks for an assessment to be completed 
                                   3         

b. Over 12 weeks for an assessment to be
completed                                   1

c. Over 24 weeks for an assessment to be completed
                                  1

d. Please also provide answers to 2(a) to 2(c) for the following years:

 

i. 2017/18

a. Over 6 weeks for an assessment to be completed                        
3

b. Over 12 weeks for an assessment to be completed                       1

c. Over 24 weeks for an assessment to be completed                       2

 

ii. 2016/17

a. Over 6 weeks for an assessment to be completed                        
5

b. Over 12 weeks for an assessment to be completed                       2

c. Over 24 weeks for an assessment to be completed                       2

 

iii. 2015/16

a. Over 6 weeks for an assessment to be completed                        
7

b. Over 12 weeks for an assessment to be completed                       3

c. Over 24 weeks for an assessment to be completed                       8

 

iv. 2014/15
                                                                                                    
Not Available

 

See 1. above, plus for young people in transition to adulthood: we may be
aware from school year 9 (age 14) that the person is likely to require an
assessment to access adult services when they reach the age of 18. However
we would not assess till nearer them reaching adulthood as to do so
earlier would mean any assessment is out of date. This may result in a
discrepancy between the date of request from Childrens services for the
assessment and the date of completion by adult care. There may also be
other delays outside of our control, for example an assessment could be
requested but then delayed due to hospital admission, difficulties
engaging with client/representatives and so on. In addition, there may be
glitches in the data for example where an assessment has actually been
completed but not recorded on a timely basis in the computer system.

 

3. In 2018/19, from the date of their first request for an initial
assessment for adult social care, or from the date when the LA first
became aware that an assessment was required, how many working-age adults
(aged 18-64) had to wait:

 

a. Over 6 weeks for an assessment to be
completed                                     11

b. Over 12 weeks for an assessment to be
completed                                   6

c. Over 24 weeks for an assessment to be
completed                                   2

d. Please also provide answers to 3(a) to 3(c) for the following years:

 

i. 2017/18

a. Over 6 weeks for an assessment to be completed                        
12

b. Over 12 weeks for an assessment to be completed                       5

c. Over 24 weeks for an assessment to be completed                       6

 

ii. 2016/17

a. Over 6 weeks for an assessment to be completed                        
15

b. Over 12 weeks for an assessment to be completed                       7

c. Over 24 weeks for an assessment to be completed                       3

 

iii. 2015/16

a. Over 6 weeks for an assessment to be completed                        
14

b. Over 12 weeks for an assessment to be completed                      
10

c. Over 24 weeks for an assessment to be completed                      
16

 

iv. 2014/15
                                                                                                    
Not Available

 

See 1. above, plus for young people in transition to adulthood: we may be
aware from school year 9 (age 14) that the person is likely to require an
assessment to access adult services when they reach the age of 18. However
we would not assess till nearer them reaching adulthood as to do so
earlier would mean any assessment is out of date. This may result in a
discrepancy between the date of request from Childrens services for the
assessment and the date of completion by adult care. There may also be
other delays outside of our control, for example an assessment could be
requested but then delayed due to hospital admission, difficulties
engaging with client/representatives and so on. In addition, there may be
glitches in the data for example where an assessment has actually been
completed but not recorded on a timely basis in the computer system.

 

4. How many working-age adults (aged 18-64) with a learning disability had
an assessment for adult social care which identified eligible needs in the
following years?

 

      i.       
2018/19                                                                                              
59

     ii.       
2017/18                                                                                              
62

    iii.       
2016/17                                                                                              
58

   iv.       
2015/16                                                                                              
59

    v.        2014/15
                                                                                             
Not Available

 

5. Of the adults identified in questions 4(a) to 4(e) how many were not
having all of their eligible needs met after:

 

i. 2018/19

a. Over 6
weeks                                                                                 

b. Over 12 weeks
                                                                              

c. Over 24
weeks                                                                               

 

ii. 2017/18

a. Over 6 weeks
                                                                                

b. Over 12 weeks
                                                                              

c. Over 24 weeks
                                                                              

 

iii. 2016/17

a. Over 6 weeks
                                                                                

b. Over 12 weeks
                                                                              

c. Over 24 weeks
                                                                              

 

iv. 2015/16

a. Over 6 weeks
                                                                                

b. Over 12 weeks
                                                                              

c. Over 24 weeks
                                                                              

 

We are not able to break down this information, people will receive
services if they have unmet eligible needs or won’t for the reasons set
out in answer to question 6.

 

6. In 2018/19, how many working-age adults (aged 18-64) with a learning
disability had an assessment for adult social care which resulted in no
services being provided?             2

 

This will apply to people in the following circumstances:

a)    People who are not eligible;

b)    People were we have identified eligible needs in the assessment but
choose to make their own arrangements and do not want a care and support
plan completing (typically self-funders);

c)    People where we assess and complete a care and support plan but they
choose to make their own arrangements (typically self-funders);

d)    People who have eligible needs but these are all met through simple
equipment, information, advice and mainstream universal servicers.

 

I hope this now deals with your request for information. However should
you wish the outcome to be reviewed, please follow the procedure as set
out below;

 

Stage 1:

In the first instance, please send in your comments, and wherever
possible, a copy of your request and the covering letter enclosing the
information or refusing your request to:

 

Access to Information Solicitor

Legal Services

Derbyshire County Council

County Hall

Matlock

DE4 3AG

Email: [1][Derbyshire County Council request email]

 

Please ensure that correspondence is marked as “Request for a review of my
Freedom of Information Act / Environmental Information Regulations
request”, and bears any case references you have been given.   

 

Stage 2:

After completing the above procedure, if you wish to challenge the
decision further, then you have a right to contact the Information
Commissioner’s Office as follows: 

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Tel. 0303 123 1113/ Fax: 01625 524510

 

ICO Weblink: [2]http://www.ico.org.uk/complaints.aspx

 

Kind regards

Peter Cordiner

Information Governance Officer

Efficiencies and Performance

Adult Social Care and Health – Room 262

Derbyshire County Council | County Hall | Matlock | DE4 3AG

 

Tel: 01629 532058 | Ext: 32058 | Email:
[3][email address]

 

 

 

show quoted sections

We don't know whether the most recent response to this request contains information or not – if you are James Robinson please sign in and let everyone know.