The Care Provider Alliance has drawn together the UK’s latest ideas and approaches to working in the adult social care sector in a new publication designed to inspire care providers to come up with innovative ways to improve their services.
The new guide, commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care, captures a range of new ideas and approaches, from ways that health and care services can work together to keep people out of hospital and help people maintain their independence, to the many ways in which new technology can support and enhance care services.
Key examples of services listed in the guide include the Homeshare service, which involves an older person offering a spare room on a low-cost basis to a younger person. In return, the younger person offers companionship, but not personal care.
The guide also notes that home care providers are working increasingly closely with hospitals to enable people to leave hospital as soon as they are ready and assessing any extra care needs when they get home.
“This approach is called Home First, or Discharge to Asses, and collaboration is key,” the report says. “To support it, homecare teams are being embedded with NHS teams, and larger homecare organisations are providing ‘bridging’ care while a smaller, more local provider gears up.”
There are brief details in the guide on each topic, along with links to sources of more detailed information and specific local examples.
Bridget Warr CBE, chair of the Care Provider Alliance’s Programme Board, said: “In this guide we have drawn together some of the many new ideas and approaches from across our vibrant, innovative and forward looking sector.
“To help with future work, we are keen to receive further ideas and thoughts on this topic from across the sector, and the guide ends with a series of questions through which we hope as many people as possible will give us their feedback via the Care Provider Alliance website.
“In the meantime, we hope that this packed but readable guide will be of interest to everyone in adult social care services, and to our partners in local authorities and the NHS.”
Caroline Dinenage MP, minister of State for Care, said: “Across the country, care providers are working with partners in local areas to provide innovative and high quality care for people who use care and support services. Through the Industrial Strategy’s Ageing Society Grand Challenge, we want to encourage and nurture innovation in products and services that enable people to be active and independent in older age.
“I congratulate the Care Provider Alliance in bringing together so many of these diverse and exciting examples in this publication. I encourage care providers to look at the ideas and resources and to share their experiences of innovation and improvement.”
Click here to read the guide.