Chinese delegates learn about Bracknell Forest's adult social care system

Delegates from China meet some of Bracknell Forest Council's adult social care, health and housing team.

Senior leaders from China's economic newspaper The China Economic Times and one of the country's leading think tanks were welcomed to the borough on Thursday, 23 November.

The delegation from Beijing met with representatives from Bracknell Forest Council’s adult social care, health and housing team to hear how the council is transforming adult social care in the borough. They also heard how the local authority is putting in place a new model of care, working closely with health organisations, the private and voluntary sector; and using technology to improve the wellbeing of older people in the borough. The purpose of the visit was to explore how the systems could be replicated in China.

The visitors were greeted by Gill Vickers, Bracknell Forest Council’s director of adult social care, health and housing, for an introduction to the services the council provides to support older people in the borough. Presentations were then made by representatives from the council on key initiatives which are transforming the way the council supports the borough’s older people to be independent, such as the conversations approach to assessing social care needs and the borough’s emergency response service, Forestcare. The team were then taken to visit Astbury Manor, a newly built residential care home for older people and those with dementia.

Gill Vickers, director of adult social care, health and housing, said:

“We were delighted to welcome our visitors from Beijing to demonstrate how we are using technology to transform the services we provide and ensure residents get the support they need.

“We strive to provide the best possible support to our vulnerable residents and, in order to do this, we are always looking for innovative ways to encourage and develop an individual’s independence.

“Projects such as our conversations model have already demonstrated that, by changing our approach and using technology to support residents, we can make a real impact to people’s lives.”

To find out more about Bracknell Forest Council’s transformation of its adult social care, health and housing services, visit our transformation page.