Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Monday 5th October 2009 10am

Transforming Social Care Workshop

This workshop took place at the Sutton Centre for Independent Living and Learning (SCILL). The workshop pulled together people connected with Social Services in a variety of capacities from users to social workers to care providers to carers to Sutton council officers responsible for buying in social services. I was there in my capacity as Carers Champion and as a member of the Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee, which looks at social services provision overseen by the council, amongst other things.

The aim of this workshop was to explore how the change of emphasis in the provision of social services from a set of options set by the council to be much more focussed on the services that users wanted – a personalised choice, could work in practice. This change in focus presented problems in a number of ways both from being able to provide the range of services required in a cost efficient way, to calculating the individual budgets for each person eligible for services, to communicating the changes to both users and service personnel.

 One of the exercises we were asked to do was to review the assessment booklet. My views were that the proposed booklet was far too complex and not easy to follow through.

 The comments from the workshop will be compiled and used to help shape the future of the service.

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October 21, 2009 - Posted by | Meeting

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