Conservative MPs are lobbying the Prime Minister to abolish fees at hospital car parks permanently
Emma Legg, the director of access and reablement for adult social care, has been in Wiltshire council since her final student placement before qualifying as an occupational therapist.
Since then she has risen through the ranks and overseen the service’s transition to a bespoke way of doing things.
“We identified that we were not delivering effective reablement. We felt that some of our approaches were building dependence, rather than increasing independence,” Emma explains.
The solution? A massive investment in increasing the number of social workers and occupational therapists so the council can provide an in-house reablement service.
The aim is to liberate practitioners out of a position where they just refer clients to providers to one where they get to do the substantive work themselves. It’s taken a year of preparation to get it right but now the council is starting to implement the changes.
The ambition, Emma explains, is that 80% of people who use the reablement service would no longer require care afterwards. This would free social workers and occupational therapists to do more substantive work with adults who have the most complex needs.
More time with people
Wish the UK used this technology, it would hopefully change attitudes to disabled parking spaces.
See this photo? See those knobbly bits on the pavement and the way the pavement lowers to road level (as much as it can) – well, this is a dropped kerb. This
This is typical of councils all over the country, not just Sheffield, they all see the motorist as a ‘cash cow’ and they go out of their way to charge or overcharge the motorists.
It is not the motorists who suffer this from councils, there is also the elderly and the disabled, where councils charge then for various services, whether the people can afford them or not.
Re the parking charges, the councils say they can not afford to replace all the parking machines at this time, due to lack of finance. This would have been known before they decided to put the charges up. If also being the case, why did they not charge a lower parking fee, which did not involve using 5 or 10 p coins.
Would they do anything to benefit the motorist, the answer is a resounding NO, the council is only there for one thing and that is to make money. There is never any thought for the people it is supposed to represent. The only exception is when the councilors are up for re-election. Lets face it they are just like MP’s, only in it for themselves and any glory they can attain.