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Surrey scoops national award


Surrey County Council has scooped a national award for the quality of its approach to commissioning services from other organisations.

Its adult social care team won the best commissioner category in Laing and Buisson’s annual independent specialist care awards*.

The awards, presented by broadcaster Ruby Wax, showcase the best care services for adults with learning or physical disabilities or mental health conditions.

Organisations the council commissions services from include the Surrey Association for Visual Impairment, which provides equipment to blind and partially sighted.

The authority also recently teamed up with NHS Surrey and the Alzheimer’s Society to give advice and support to people with dementia about living independently at home.

The latest honour comes after the adult social care service won an award from Improvement and Efficiency South East for helping to launch the first of three information and advice centres run by and for disabled people.

Michael Gosling, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said: “This award is fantastic news and well deserved because we put the people we support and their carers at the heart of our commissioning.

“This means they are involved at every stage and we make sure that people’s views and experiences are heard, taken into account and strongly influence making sure they get the best possible services.”

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* Laing and Buisson provides information to operators, buyers and investors in the health and community care markets.

For more information about the awards, visit Laing and Buisson’s website.

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