Care Market On Agenda At Select Committee

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Are there enough care home places in West Sussex to meet demand? Are new homes being built in the right place? What courses are available at colleges to train people for a care career?

These are some of the questions to be looked into at a meeting of West Sussex Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee (HASC) this week.

Among those who will give evidence to the select committee are representatives from local colleges, district and borough planning teams, charity Skills for Care and West Sussex Partners in Care, which represents a number of care homes in the county.

The meeting takes place on at 10.30am on Wednesday 17 January at County Hall in Chichester.

The meeting will be webcast via the County Council website at https://westsussex.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/327333

The select committee will:
• assess and comment on the County Council’s actions to develop and support the care market in terms of demand, capacity, capability and quality
• identify any gaps or issues to be addressed and
• identify any issues for further/future scrutiny.

Bryan Turner, Chairman of the Committee, said: “The County Council is facing unprecedented growth in demand for adult social care due to increasing numbers aged between 75 to 84 and at 85+ in West Sussex.

“Helping everyone in West Sussex to live long, active, independent and healthy lives whatever their circumstances is a key priority for the County Council and it is important for this committee to look in depth at capacity in the care home market and make sure any gaps are being addressed.”

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