Electronic system ensures safety for vulnerable in Gloucestershire
A NEW electronic service will help keep people with learning disabilities (LD) safe, as well as saving around £2million for the county council.
Gloucestershire County Council’s cabinet has agreed to go ahead with the Electronic Call Monitoring (ECM) scheme, allowing carers to check in and out.
Alerts will be flagged when a carer doesn’t arrive within a particular timeframe.
Cllr Kathy Williams, cabinet member for long-term care, said GCC currently commissions community-based care and support services for people with learning disabilities from 64 service providers.
"It pays for the number of hours of care it has commissioned, rather than the number of hours that are actually delivered," she said.
"There is currently no way of recording where less support has been delivered to service users. Using ECM will mean the council only pays for the services delivered, as well as being safer for people with learning disabilities and care workers."
The service is expected to save the council between £1.75 million and £2.5 million over a three year period, based on the results of the pilot studies and internal audit reviews.
ECM will also give added protection for lone workers who work with people with more complex needs.
The council currently spends £21million per year on LD community-based care and support services, which is currently provided by 64 service providers.
The cost of setting up the system and running it for three years is estimated to be around £340,000.
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