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