This set of reports and resources is here.
A Problem Shared: making best use of resources in Adult Social Care shows that while some traditional methods have been used to deliver a large part of cash-releasing savings in social care so far, this approach is not sustainable in the long term. More fundamental changes will be required, including supporting people to remain independent for as long as possible and building the capacity of communities to support people in new ways.
The core element of the toolkit is a Self Assessment Tool. This is supported by three optional tools:
· Descriptors of “what good looks like”
· Examples of relevant nationally-available metrics
· Recommended resources and guidance.
Key recommendations from A Problem Shared include:
- co-producing solutions with people, carers and families, recognising that they are the experts on how their problems can best be resolved
- working with Health and Wellbeing Boards and NHS partners to steer the development of more integrated, personalised services that make best use of resources across sectors
- harnessing the energy, commitment and professional skills of staff to find new and better ways of meeting individual’s needs
- encouraging providers and councils commissioners working together to test innovative ways of improving outcomes for people.