Top health officials praise the work of the council

Tue, 18 Feb 2020

Top health officials visited East Riding of Yorkshire Council recently to view the leadership and collaborative work taking place within the health and care service areas and were thoroughly pleased with the results.

Ian Trenholm, chief executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Rosalind Sanderson, head of change for adult social care at the CQC, witnessed the ongoing work of the council's adults, health and customer serves directorate, led by director, John Skidmore, when managers and operational staff demonstrated their leadership strategies and collaborative work with partner organisations in a series of presentations and virtual site visits.

John Skidmore said: "The managers and operational staff did a fabulous job of showcasing our work and enabled the CQC to see for themselves the leading-edge work taking place across the directorate and within the East Riding.

"The team from the CQC were able to see how we do things here in the East Riding and view the innovative work done through excellent leadership strategies and developments in technology to benefit the lives of our residents."

Ian Trenholm met with the leader and deputy leader of the council and portfolio holder for adult and carer services before attending innovative business sessions on leadership within the care sector, as well as quality, safeguarding and digital deployment across health and care including residential and home care.

The final part of the visit included presentations and feedback from Ian and Rosalind about other initiatives they were aware of across the UK and what was different here in the East Riding.

A discussion was then held on the opportunities for each other and how the council can influence and support the national agenda.

John added: "Ian was extremely positive about how we can continue to work together and build on the great conversations had during the visit."

Ian Trenholme said: "I've had a great visit here in the East Riding and we've been having lots of fantastic conversations and understanding the fantastic partnership working that's been going on, including a lot about technology and how technology works between the council and care providers.

"I've heard about how technology and partnership working is really embedded in the way that the council works with home care providers and also domiciliary care providers.

"It has given me lots of food for thought and I think that frankly, a lot of what the council is doing here is genuinely world-class and is leading the country in a number of areas.

"I'm really keen to take that back to the CQC and talk to my colleagues about it and just think about how we can see what's going on in East Yorkshire and see if we can scale it nationally.

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