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Minister visits Bedford Borough Adult and Community Services Team

Paul Burstow MP, Minister of State for Care Services, visited the staff of Bedford Borough Council’s Adult and Community Services team on Thursday 12th July.

 

The minister spoke to officers working with the Council’s Stroke Rehabilitation Scheme, Hospital Social Work Team, Re-ablement Service and Supported Employment Service as part of a visit to officially open Gordon Colling House, an extra care scheme for elderly residents in Bedford Borough, operated by bpha.

 

The success of the Stroke Rehabilitation scheme in supporting people to remain at home with increased capabilities and reduce the number of hospital readmissions was highlighted as well as the Hospital Social Work Team who have achieved zero social care delayed discharges from Bedford Hospital despite a significant increase in referrals. The Re-ablement service, which works with local residents after a period of illness or the onset of a disability and the Supported Employment Service continues to help adults with learning disabilities to find employment.

 

Councillor Colleen Atkins, Portfolio Holder for Adult Services, said: “It was a great opportunity to demonstrate to Paul Burstow, the excellent work taking place to help adults in Bedford Borough.

 

“I believe he was impressed by the broad range of work taking place to support adults in the borough to live independently and I am delighted our excellent staff received the recognition they deserve.”

 

Following the visit, Paul Burstow tweeted: "Great to meet @DaveTheMayor & re-ablement team who achieved zero social care delayed discharges from Bedford Hospital."

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