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Adult social care in Dudley is "excellent", review finds

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Dudley Council has been praised for its work in adult social care following a visit by officers and elected members from a number of other local authorities.

Representatives from Dorset, Telford & Wrekin, Worcestershire and Solihull councils visited the borough to conduct a Peer Review into the effectiveness of the service.

The report praises a “proud, passionate and committed” workforce, who have strong values about care and focus on what is best for the adults they are helping.

The visitors said Dudley’s urgent care and safeguarding services were both “excellent” as was the adult social care leadership team, with particular praise for both of the council’s major political parties working together to make improvements.

The new Dudley Disability Service, which supports people of all ages to live independent and fulfilling lives, was hailed as delivering better outcomes for people.

Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet member for health and adult social care, said:

The peer review could not have gone better from our point of view. I am immensely proud of the team.
All staff were keen to show adult social care to be an excellent service and this is indeed what our visitors found.
We are all hugely encouraged by their findings, and we are committed to now putting the service on a national map.

Councillor Patrick Harley, leader of the council, said:

We want the best for residents and that is what the service is achieving. We now need to lead the way beyond the West Midlands.

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