MP and council join forces to improve homecare

Coun Keith Cunliffe
Coun Keith Cunliffe

Plans to improve the quality of care given to older people and people with disabilities in their homes have been announced by Labour’s shadow health secretary Andy Burnham and Wigan Council.

Joining forces, the council and Leigh MP, have agreed to develop Ethical Homecare in the borough which focuses on giving local people the best possible care to ensure they are able to maintain their independence. The plans will mean less hospital admissions, reducing the burden on the NHS and aims to support people to stay at home rather than being admitted to residential homes.

The announcement ties in with Wigan Council’s Deal for Adult Social Care which focuses on giving vulnerable adults the opportunity to decide what support they need, encouraging them to live independently and make their own decisions.

As part of the plans, Wigan Council has committed to paying a fair price to ethical homecare providers who support and reward their staff through good terms and conditions, excellent training and decent contracts.

Andy Burnham, MP said: “As a country, we need to change the way we care for older and vulnerable people and I am proud to see our borough leading the way. People deserve more than a 15-minute visit and care staff deserve better than a zero-hours contract. If staff have better training and more job security, they will be able to provide better care. The borough’s Ethical Homecare is a much-needed development. It will enable companies to recruit and retain experienced and trained care staff, and treat them fairly.”

Through the agreement, Wigan Council and MP Andy Burnham will work together to ensure that local people receive the best possible quality of personal care from skilled and compassionate homecare workers. The plans will put the individual at the heart of every decision and will see the council working closely with health partners to ensure an integrated approach to care and support. To ensure high standards are met, robust and comprehensive quality assurances will be undertaken.

Councillor Keith Cunliffe, cabinet member for Adult Social Care and Health at Wigan Council, said: “We are committed to providing high quality homecare services across the borough and working in partnership with providers who share our belief and passion for excellence. We are investing in an enhanced expanded quality assurance team to turn these plans into a reality for local residents.”