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Published 02 October 2020

West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership (WDHSCP) annual performance report shows it is the best-performing partnership in Scotland.

The highlight of the report includes WDHSCP being the best performing HSCP in Scotland in relation to the proportion of care services graded 'Good' (4) or better in Care Inspectorate Inspections during 2019/20.

The report, for between 1st April 2019 and 31st March 2020, shows the performance and progress  in providing services to children, adults and elderly residents and shows the partnership is meeting or exceeding most of its targets.

West Dunbartonshire had the 7th lowest rate in Scotland for readmission to hospital within 28 days and was the second best performing HSCP for readmissions within Greater Glasgow and Clyde area.

The report highlights the work of the dedicated Focused Intervention Team, who provide a rapid response service to people within the community to prevent unnecessary admissions to hospital where possible.   Between August 2019 and March 2020 556 residents were  referred to the team,  with 320 being assessed and avoiding an admission to hospital as a result.

This swift response helped allow residents to receive support at home or in a homely setting.

As part of the partnership’s  preparation for the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) the number of  electronic Key Information Summary (eKIS) recorded for patients increased by more than 90%. This  ensured the key information for those most at risk of serious health complications from the virus was up-to-date and available for professionals to access.

Another key achievement  was 938 referrals for people experiencing problems with drugs or alcohol requiring assessment for treatments.  A total of 95.4% of these people began treatment within the national target of three weeks.

West Dunbartonshire HSCP Mental Health Services also continues to progress with 246 face to face contacts rated 72% excellent, 18% very good and 10% as good.

Support for dedicated carers highlighted that 96.5% of carers feel able to continue caring when asked as part of their Adult Carer Support Plan and 255 Adult Carer Support Plans  are in place. And 71% of young  people who left care went on to employment, training, further or higher education.

The report also highlighted how facilities at Levengrove Park have supported Work Connect to provide work experience in gardening for up to  45 clients.  The new Pavillion Cafe, has provided training in catering and hospitality skills for 12 Work Connect clients as well as generating an income and employing seven  staff.

Councillor Marie McNair, Chair of WDHSCP Audit Committee, said: “This is a very positive annual report which highlights the great work being delivered by our dedicated employees despite the challenges faced due to the Coronavirus.  We have many highlights in the report which clearly show residents are receiving high quality care delivered by dedicated staff. Over the coming year, we will work hard to maintain our progress and pay particular attention to some of the areas where we need to improve.”

Allan Macleod, Vice Chair of WDHSCP Audit Committee, said: “The report shows we are meeting or exceeding most of our targets, which is testament to our workforce. Due to the ongoing restrictions of the Coronavirus, we still face many challenges but  I would like to take this opportunity to thank our dedicated teams for their continued commitment to residents who rely on our services and to ensuring they receive the right care at the right time.”