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Adult social care

Adult social care is about supporting and assisting people assessed as needing social care support who cannot manage alone due to severe illness, frailty, disability or vulnerability. The aim is to support people to remain as independently as possible in their own homes or with their family or friends.

From 1 April 2015 most adult social care services will be provided by Plymouth Community Healthcare. This forms part of a move to integrate health and social care services in the city.

Feedback from the public has frequently told us that they want health and social care services to work in a more joined up way. Historically services have been seen as disjointed, with a perception of people being passed back and forth between the different organisations.

In March 2015, the Council's Cabinet and the Governing Body of Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG) approved the move to join up their health and social care services and as a result from 1 April 2015 they will pool their resources.

This will help improve the experiences and outcomes for people, deliver better value for money and ensure people get the right care at the right time in the right place, regardless of who may be providing the care.

The approval, which includes the pooling of their budgets, is set to radically transform the way health and social care services are planned, purchased and delivered in the future.