‘Breakthrough’ hailed for Powys
An agreement between Powys County Council and the area’s independent care providers has been hailed as a breakthrough for the sector and a blueprint for the future. The arrangement, developed in association with Care Forum Wales (CFW), recommends the development of a Local Independent Sector Provider Forum (LISPF) for Powys, which will improve links between the local authority and independent care providers. CFW envisages that, in time, 22 LISPFs – in line with local authority areas – will provide a local platform for communication and will channel information to key bodies such as the Welsh Assembly, Care Council for Wales and the Care Standards Inspectorate for Wales. Mario Kreft, head of policy and public affairs at Care Forum Wales, said it was also proposed that the membership of the LISPF authority areas would be expected of all providers of domiciliary, day, residential care, intermediate and rehabilitation services and any other specialist social care services which contract for publicly funded care.