Monitoring care in council facilities

Alan McLure  House
Alan McLure House

A ‘REPORT card’ has praised council-provided social care services in the Glenrothes area.

It found that “high standards” were provided in seven services offered in the town and its surrounding area.

The findings were based on the outcome of inspections and gradings carried out by watchdogs at five centres.

They included the ‘live in’ and day care services at South Parks and Alan McLure care homes, the Forward Centre, where daytime activities are provided for disabled people, and Rimbleton Park education centre and Glenmar respite care unit in Markinch, both of which cater for young people who require special assistance.

The findings were presented to Glenrothes Area Committee last Wednesday.

Councillors were generally satisfied with the outcomes, although concern was raised about a number of specific incidents, particularly involving the management of medication.

And there was also disatisfaction that some of the reports on which the findings were based had been superseded by later inspections (see story on page 7).

In a report to the committee, a social work spokesmanwrote: “From the inspections undertaken for the period 2010-11 and the gradings awarded, it is evident that the services within the committee boundary continue to deliver high standards of care and support.

“Where requirement, or recommendations are made, managers and staff are supported to take necessary actions in respect of areas identified for improvement.”

Town councillor, Kay Morrison, said “I’m pleased, overall, with the standard of care in our council’s care homes.

“Where necessary, they’ve made a huge effort to raise their game and we see the results of their efforts in terms of improved inspection grades.

“It’s really encouraging, too, to hear inspectors praise the warm, friendly atmosphere and the family setting.

“Congratulations to all those who work so hard to do things right.”

Cllr Ross Vettraino added: “Every care element in every home was found to be satisfactory, which supports the finding of two years ago, when it was announced by the then Care Commission that the residential care in Fife, across both the private and public sectors, was found to be the best in Scotland.

“Notwithstanding, as well as having reacted to the reported findings of the Care Inspectorate, which are all at least a year old and things have since improved, the council’s social work service is constantly working to identify any areas where improvements can be made and takes action accordingly.”