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There's been a positive report on the work of the recently-established Barra Care at Home Service

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Health and Social Care Department and the Care at Home team say they are delighted with the Barra care at home service’s recent report published by the Care Inspectorate.

The service was awarded the classification of a grade of 5 meaning ‘very good’ across the assessed areas.

These related to key points such as "how well we support people, the standard of our leadership and staffing as well as how we plan to deliver our service. This report reflects significant strengths across all these areas highlighting the dedication and commitment from the staff team."

The report is available to review here: https://www.careinspectorate.com/berengCareservices/html/reports/getPdfBlob.php?id=316580

Care at Home Barra is a new service that provides care and support to people living in their own homes on the islands of Barra and Vatersay.

The service operates under a single Integrated Locality Manager, to meet the needs of the service users on Barra & Vatersay, following consideration of feedback from the service users, their families, and staff.

The recognition of the service helps bolster related efforts to enhance the opportunities for further service improvements.

Welcome changes are taking place throughout the entire Comhairle managed Care at Home services following agreement from the Integrated Joint Board to implement a service restructuring.

The creation of a career pathway includes the creation of a new post of Home Care and Reablement Worker, Grade E. This has been established to enhance career progression options, provide increased resilience in the service as well as supporting recruitment and retention.

The post of Home Care and Reablement Worker considers the knowledge, experience and skills of staff proficient in the delivery of personal care with a renewed focus on reablement and the mentoring of Home Care and Reablement Assistants.