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Peer challenge review notes "impressive" progress

The City of Wolverhampton Council has made " impressive" progress following a peer challenge of adult social care services.

The peer challenge took place last year and looked at the way the council goes about commissioning services for older people, adults with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health needs and public health services.

It found adult social care services in Wolverhampton to be in good shape and ready to take on challenges ahead, and that the council had a clear vision for the future, with the potential to enhance services still further.

An improvement action plan was drawn up in response to recommendations which came out of the peer challenge, led by Strategic Director for People at Birmingham City Council, Peter Hay. He returned recently to review the action plan, finding progress to be "really impressive" and that the council had "embraced" the peer challenge and embedded its findings.

Councillor Sandra Samuels OBE, Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: "The peer challenge was an integral part of our ongoing improvement process, and recognised many of our strengths. The recommendations for areas where we could improve still further were very helpful and we quickly developed an action plan to put them into practice.

"It is pleasing that the peer challenge team is so impressed by the way we responded."

A report about the implementation of the peer challenge action plan was presented to the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet yesterday (Wednesday 26 April, 2017).

  • released: Thursday 27 April, 2017