An invitation to help take self-directed support forward...
In Control has tried to play a helpful role in the development
of self-directed support in the UK over the past few years. Over
the next few, we are determined to use the learning gained from the
practical, sometimes painful experience of local efforts to
implement self-directed support to help make it better going
forward in tough times. To help with this, between now and the
spring, we are going to be reflecting ourselves and with our many
partners on what has worked and what hasn't, what this tells us and
what are the most promising ways forward.
Obviously many people have already offered their views and
opinions on this topic. These range from those who are largely
hostile to self-directed support to those who want to see it work,
have views about what has gone right and wrong in implementation so
far and how improvements can be achieved. While some of these have
been mostly theoretical or veering towards the axe grinding ("I
told you so!", "If only the government hadn't been so stupid"
etc) many others have been of good practical value.
Our piece will have a very practical purpose
and will reflect In Control's position in linking closely with both
those who need self-directed support to work (people and families)
and those trying to deliver it in tough times (commissioners and
providers). We'll be thinking about and discussing key elements
including leadership and culture, systems, practices and
co-production. We also want to think broadly, not limited to adult
social care but rather looking across the range of public services
and age ranges.
So here is the invitation bit. We think we know pretty well what
the problems are. We are therefore looking for things that work or
promising possibilities. Have you got some that you would like to
share? If so please send these through to email@example.com
copied to me firstname.lastname@example.org
We have to make self-directed support work. We have a long way
to go. Let's help each other make progress!