These pressures include changing expectations of people who use services (usually aspirational, sometimes generational, sometimes short breaks focused); a real desire to give people more choice and control over the services and support they receive; a policy focus on working more closely with communities, providing support to people who have and pool individual budgets; and, of course, funding pressures.
Exploring these pressures in more detail highlights a number of fundamental issues and opportunities:
Whilst the detail for each ‘client’ group and for each kind of organisation (voluntary, charitable, statutory) may be different, these pressures and opportunities are common. The answers will be too. Working together with colleagues, people using services, and communities from the whole sector locally will help ensure the future day time support offered is seamless and robust enough to last.
We know that there are good people providing and commissioning day time supports, and that there are useful working practice and tools. However, too many of these people are working in isolation and so don’t have the time for creative thinking, idea sharing and development opportunities. Some face opposition; others, a competitive environment.
To address these issues and opportunities we are inviting a small number of locally-based teams to take part in a new programme with the challenge of reimagining day time supports for the future.
The programme draws together the themes of challenge, opportunity and creativity to work together to identify, explore, test and implement solutions to all the issues listed above.
In the first programme we have four partner local authorities and health and social care partnerships. Each locality has, at its core, a team of eight change leaders, including people with responsibility for providing, commissioning and using services. The teams are drawn from across the main ‘users’ of day opportunities – people with learning disabilities, people with mental health problems, people with physical disabilities or sensory impairments, and older people – and bring a commitment to work collectively. Together, these teams are working to create a new model for day time support which includes all they currently do well, links with the wider community locally and moves forward to embrace opportunities for growth.
If you would like to know more about our Reimagining Daytime Supports programme or would like to register interest in joining the next programme please contact Bill Love on Bill.Love@ndti.org.uk or 01225 789135.