% of Adult Social Service users who have as much social contact as they would like

Monitoring

Result is taken from the annual User Survey. Studies show that there is a link between loneliness and poor health.

2019/20 survey results show that 51.4% of Adult Social Care users reported that they have as much social contact as they would like. This is an increase on the previous year when results were 46.1%.   Social isolation in a mainly rural county is geographically challenging to address. The service is looking to increase the use of social prescribing and technology solutions to reduce the potential damage that social isolation can lead to.

The results are now higher than comparators - England 45.9%, West Midlands 46.0%. and Statistical Neighbours (15 authorities most similar to Shropshire) 46.5%.   Shropshire is now ranked within the top quartile performers.