Norfolk County Council is to take its social care service for working age adults with mental health problems back under its direct control after shortcomings emerged in the service which was run by a mental health trust.

The service had been provided by the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust since 2008.

A report in January 2013 identified the need for a number of improvements, and an action plan was put in place. 

The council now intends to directly manage the service, with about 100 mental health social work staff expected to transfer into its employment from September.

Sue Whitaker, the council’s cabinet member for adult social services, said: “We need to revise and strengthen the way we provide social care for people with mental health needs and we feel the best way to achieve this is to manage the service directly.”

The trust’s acting chief executive Andrew Hopkins said the service had “not been working as well as we would want”.

He said: “Our review has shown we have made improvements but, as the statutory requirements have increased considerably since we started delivering social care for the county council four years ago, we accept that changes need to be made.”