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Oxfordshire's adult social care waiting list is almost halved

The length of time that people are waiting to be seen has also dropped in the county.

Despite a deteriorating picture across the nation, adult social care waiting lists have reduced in Oxfordshire.

New stats reveal a 40% decrease locally, compared to a 37% rise nationally.

The amount of time that people in Oxfordshire are having to wait for an assessment has also nearly halved since November 2021, down 43%.

The county council says there is a linked improvement in outcomes for people receiving care too, following a 'fundamental transformation' of how it's delivered locally.

It's pointing to better prevention and early intervention work, but says there is no room for complacency and sustainable long-term funding is needed from the Government.

Councillor Tim Bearder, Oxfordshire's Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: "I am delighted that we've been able to buck the national trend and almost halved Oxfordshire's waiting list but there is no room for complacency - we still have on average 1,000 people in the county needing a response from this council. That's not good enough.

"At the same time, we are being chronically underfunded. Unless local government is properly resourced, we will face the prospect of rewarding our incredible partners with further cuts. Government must recognise there is a crisis in adult social care and properly fund it."

Bearder said local social care experts and partners had completely reimagined how they work together to deliver better outcomes for people who need support - whether that's older people or people with learning, physical or other disabilities. 

He added: "Together with voluntary community sector partners, the county council has jointly created the Oxfordshire Way, which has brought those responsible for providing care together with a united, co-produced shared vision and approach to supporting the people of Oxfordshire to live well in their community, remaining fit and healthy for as long as possible."

The latest figures were released by the Association for Directors of Adult Social Care.

Bearder said demand is rising locally and ADASS is 'rightly seeking to highlight to government the need for sustainable levels of funding in the future. That includes properly covering councils for the costs of the changes that are due to take place in the world of adult social care in coming times, including how individuals contribute to the funding of their care.'

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