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Introduction from the Cabinet Member for Adults and Health and the Executive Director

 

Welcome to our 2019-20 Local Account of adult social care performance in West Sussex. This provides an account of our activities, our achievements, and the challenges we have faced over the year. It also features plans for the future and current activities in a number of our service areas. We have adopted a fresh approach to production of the Local Account this year, publishing online in a new and more creative format.

By far the biggest challenge we have faced recently is the COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst the serious consequences of the virus took effect towards the end of the financial year covered in this Local Account, it would be remiss of us not to mention the impact this is having on our communities, the people who use our services and our staff. Delivering services to vulnerable people in these unprecented times has meant that we have all had to think and work differently and more creatively, to ensure the people we support and our workforce are kept safe.

This has meant that we have been able to identify new approaches which have proved successful with both the people we support and staff and we can incorporate these innovations into future practice. Staying on more positive outomes from the current situation, we should all be proud of the fact that West Sussex stands out as having one of the strongest partnership responses to the Covid-19 pandemic, and is a major contributor to the new national model of integrated hospital discharge guidance.

We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks to our staff, those in the NHS and all key workers for their stalwart efforts in supporting our residents during the pandemic. They are truly deserving of our heartfelt gratitude.

 

Amanda Jupp,  Cabinet Member for  Adults Health Keith Hinkley

Amanda Jupp

Cabinet member for Adults and Health 

Keith Hinkley

Executive Director for Adults and Health (DASS)

Last updated: 11 January 2021