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Hello, I’m Bernie Enright, the Executive Director of Adult Services, and my role is accountable to Joanne Roney, the Council’s Chief Executive, as well as the CEOs of the Manchester Local Care Organisation (MLCO) and Manchester Health & Care Commissioning (MHCC). I’m in charge of adult social care provision in Manchester. My remit is to ensure that we support vulnerable adults in Manchester in line with legislation, notably the Care Act, and that services are in place to safeguard, support and protect people at times when they need help, advice or a range of interventions.
Adult social care in Manchester is rapidly changing in an exciting way. We are integrating with our partners – the Manchester Local Care Organisation, which has brought community health and adult social care together as one team for the first time, and Manchester Health and Care Commissioning. Our aim is to improve outcomes by working together with these organisations.
Adult Social Care has a clear pathway: from first contact and assessment, to budget allocation, support planning and, finally, service provision and review. However, there remains much duplication in our work. We know that vulnerable adults, including those with a learning or physical disability, are often high users of hospital or primary/community services. We often work in silos, and the people we support have to tell their story more than once. Integration will change that: 12 new neighbourhood teams will see health and social care, GPs, mental-health services and other professionals working together, reducing duplication and providing better care and support. This will improve outcomes for people to stay well, stay independent and live the life they choose. It’s about providing the services in health and social care that we aspire to deliver to our residents, helping them stay well and live happy and fulfilling lives.
We have a range of adult social care professionals who offer their skills, knowledge and experience to assess and support adults in Manchester. Social workers are responsible for a range of complex, formal, statutory assessments and interventions. They are bound by professional registration, and have ongoing training to ensure skills development. We’ve recently strengthened our social work roles, and ongoing recruitment is increasing our capacity. Our Manchester Service for Independent Living (MSIL) has occupational therapists who carry out a vital role. They support disabled citizens with equipment for daily living and adaptations to their home, or by rehousing them in a more suitable property. Social workers and occupational therapists are our primary assessors, and are responsible for rapid assessments. They offer a range of solutions to help people improve their independence, and provide a short-term intervention at times when people need a bit more care and support.
While the gateway to services is through an initial or ongoing assessment, I’m proud that we have a number of in-house services that meet the needs of our older and disabled residents; these services include our Reablement Service (helping people back to independence) and supported accommodation. Equally, we have a vibrant external care market where people are supported with day care services, homecare and residential and nursing care. We’re reviewing all our commissioned services with health commissioners and exploring ways to jointly deliver improved outcomes and effective use of public resources.
Alongside my statutory responsibilities, I also lead Homelessness in Manchester. The problem of homelessness and rough sleepers in the city remains challenging, and we are constantly developing new and innovative solutions to prevent it and respond to people who are homeless.
My team and I are supported by a fantastic range of support services, including Finance, Performance, Communications and others, which all contribute to the successful delivery of adult social care in an integrated health and care environment. We’re all stepping up to the challenge so we can make a real difference to people’s lives.
I hope this provides a quick overview of the work we do, and it would be fantastic if you want to be part of our exciting ongoing journey and come on board!