Councillor for Adult Social Care scoops national award
CLLR Sue Little, Portfolio Holder for Social Care picked up a national LGIU award for the Health and Care Category at the annual ceremony earlier this month (Tuesday 7 November) at the Guildhall in London.
The LGIU is the Local Government Information Unit, an independent organisation supporting councils and councillors.
The judging panel for the awards included a mix of other councillors and chief executives of Local Authorities.
Cllr Little was first elected as a councillor in May 2012 and took on the challenging portfolio of Children’s and Adults Social Care in May 2016. Sue also sits on the Corporate Parenting Committee, Health and Well Being Board, Adoption Panel and Fostering Panel.
Her nomination explained that she is well respected across the political divides in the council chamber for her caring, compassionate nature, but also for her dogged determination to get things done for the good of the communities in which she serves.
Some of her achievements throughout her portfolio include all 34 care homes in Thurrock now rated as ‘good’ or better by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). These homes look after nearly 740 local residents.
Speaking after the event, Cllr Little talked about her most proudest achievements including the Shared Lives initiative. She said: “Without a doubt, Shared Lives was one of my priority ambitions – even from before I was a Portfolio Holder.”
Shared Lives is a service which offers adults with care needs the chance to live or stay with trained carers as part of their family. Sometimes described as an adult fostering service, some people with care needs prefer the idea of living with a Shared Lives Carer as they can take time getting to know them and building a friendly relationship.
She explained: “Shared Lives can offer an alternative to traditional cares homes and has flexibility to offer either long term accommodation of short breaks. I expect the scheme to support 75 people over the coming five years.
“This awards – although very humbling – simply would not have been possible without the energy, commitment and determination of such brilliant officers who have helped achieve these ambitions – to them, I want to say a huge thank you on behalf of Thurrock’s residents.”
To learn more about adult social care and the Shared Lives project, visit: thurrock.gov.uk/sharedlives