Catch up with our day in the life of adult care tweetathon

10 March 2017

Derbyshire residents had the chance to find out more about a day in the life of our adult care team in a Twitter 'takeover'.

Yesterday our Twitter feed (opens in a new window) showcased examples of a typical day in the life of staff across the county.

As well as tweets there were photos and short video clips to give an in-depth view of the variety of work staff do across Derbyshire every day.

You can watch the short video clips on YouTube (opens in a new window).

During the day, more than 60 tweets were sent out showcasing the huge variety of work that our adult care social service carries out. These covered:

  • Our Handy Van service
  • A direct carer
  • Staff at one of our residential care homes
  • A liaison social worker
  • An adult care centre
  • A trips and falls session
  • The Welfare Rights team
  • The Brokerage service
  • Call Derbyshire
  • Dementia friendly film screenings
  • Time Swap
  • A local area coordination meeting
  • Making Space − support for people with early onset dementia

Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care Councillor Paul Smith said:

"Our adult care department works tirelessly to provide services and support to a wide range of people across Derbyshire.

"This is a great chance for Derbyshire residents to get a flavour of the varied work that happens every day in the county."

One of the staff members involved on the day was Tom Cotterill, a liaison social worker based at the Hartington Unit at Chesterfield Hospital.

He's one of a team of social workers who work to support people who are ready to be discharged from hospitals across the county and beyond.

Tom said:

"I'm pleased to have been involved in 24 hours in adult care as it gives people the chance to see the type of work we do on a daily basis.

"Working in social care is a demanding, varied role but one that offers great rewards for everyone involved."

Our adult social care department provides services to more than 17,000 older disabled and vulnerable residents across the county ranging from home care, day care and residential care to specialist care for people with dementia.

We run 22 older people's homes and community care centres and commission 215 Supported Living schemes to help people live independently.

This year's council tax increase includes an extra 2% specifically to help fund adult care services - this will raise £5.6m in Derbyshire.

However the extra 2% will only partially protect the service, which is facing a cut of £12.2m in the year ahead.

Catch up with the conversation by searching for #CareforDerbyshire

We're recruiting care workers. See details of our care jobs online.