From questions to answers

Professor Bob Hudson made an important contribution to the recent #socialcarefuture gathering based upon a long career researching and analysing public services. Bob offered a diagnosis of the current problems with social care and outline ideas for solutions. He was slightly limited, however by the eight minutes we gave him! Following the gathering Bob has … Continue reading From questions to answers

Its an ideal time for Liverpool City Council to join the Social Care Innovation Network!

By Martin Farran Director of Adult Services and Health – Liverpool City Council I was delighted to join the Glimpses of the Future session at the Social Care Future gathering in November. Along with others from places working to dramatically change how they work and relate to citizens and communities, I shared my own experience. … Continue reading Its an ideal time for Liverpool City Council to join the Social Care Innovation Network!

Going Again – using 15 years of learning about self-directed support to help close the Care Act rhetoric-reality gap

John Waters – In Control At the #socialcarefuture gathering in November in Manchester, In Control helped convene a major session on closing the Care Act rhetoric-reality gap. There are many elements of this, but we have been recently encouraged to be approached by a number of localities ready to “go again” with self-directed support. They … Continue reading Going Again – using 15 years of learning about self-directed support to help close the Care Act rhetoric-reality gap

MORE THAN A PROVIDER – part 2!

By Aisling Duffy I wrote previously about the role good providers play well beyond the contracts they are commissioned to provide by local authorities or the NHS. I write specifically from the perspective of a not for profit CEO. I am especially interested in understanding the conditions that help social care providers to support inclusive … Continue reading MORE THAN A PROVIDER – part 2!

A social movement for “social care”?

by Martin Routledge - #socialcarefuture   People are being poorly served by institutional service models and practices in what we currently call “social care”. These approaches have proved resilient and resistant to change for decades despite the emergence of better, small scale, community embedded alternatives. A social movement is now needed to unleash the drive … Continue reading A social movement for “social care”?

Glimpses of the future: How do areas shift from marginal change to serious re-design around what really matters to people and communities?

By Sophie Kendall, NESTA At the Social Care Futures gathering, Nesta, Social Care Institute for Excellence and Think Local Act Personal facilitated a ‘glimpses of the future’ session. We heard from pioneering areas and innovators growing “asset-based areas”. They are going beyond services and systems “doing to” people and communities and bringing all local resources … Continue reading Glimpses of the future: How do areas shift from marginal change to serious re-design around what really matters to people and communities?