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Two council teams will be battling it out for Health and Social Care award

Cwrt Cae Felin, Welshpool

27 August 2021

Cwrt Cae Felin, WelshpoolTwo different Powys County Council departments are in the running to win the same UK-wide award.

Its Adult Services and Transformation and Communications teams have both been shortlisted in the LGC (Local Government Chronicle) Awards 2021, in the Health and Social Care category.

They also face competition from 10 other councils or partnerships, from across Wales and England, and will find out on 4 November if they have been successful.

The council's Adult Services team has been shortlisted for its work supporting people with learning disabilities to live well in a place of their choice. And its Transformation and Communications team has been shortlisted for its work on automated and interactive health and social care data reports, which has previously netted it a LARIA (Local Area Research and Intelligence Association) award.

The council's Closer to Home programme supports adults with learning disabilities to move into their own homes and has resulted in significant capital investment in new accommodation, in partnership with others. It aims to bring those involved back to Powys, from residential placements outside of the county, so that they can be closer to their family and friends and live more independently.

The council has also worked with Digital Health and Care Wales to provide a better understanding of COVID-19 and some of the pressures it is putting on frontline services. The collaboration has resulted in several Microsoft Power BI reports being created, covering care homes, covid testing, out of hours GP calls, ambulance calls and hospital admissions that have helped decision-makers to understand demand across the county and target resources where they are most needed.

Cllr Rosemarie Harris, Leader of Powys County Council (PCC), said: "These two services have both produced some fantastic work, which is fully deserving of being shortlisted for the LGC Awards 2021. They have helped tremendously with our response to the coronavirus pandemic and with our ambition to support people to live the best life they can and the life that they want, which is often being closer to their loved ones.

"I wish them both the best of luck and just hope I won't have to act as a referee between any of my Cabinet colleagues or senior officers!"

The Power BI reports were produced as part of the Digital Powys project, which aims to embrace new technologies to improve council services. It is also part of the council's Transformation Programme to deliver aspirations in its Vision 2025 corporate improvement plan.

PICTURE: Cwrt Cae Felin sheltered housing in Cae Glas, Welshpool, which was developed in partnership with Wales and West Housing as part of Powys County Council's Closer to Home programme. It provides homes for 14 adults with learning disabilities.

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