Commissioning to meet needs – providers must work to build partnerships

Posted on April 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

“The very best social workers have migrated into the care management of people with learning disability.” Well, maybe so. After all, who wants to work in the fraught and dangerous world of child care? Worse yet is the unenviable task of commissioning the care of older people in an environment where money is tightly managed and relationships are tense. Mental health provision still offers a satisfying role for social workers who can actually do some of the therapeutic work they were trained for. However, it is in the support of people with learning disability (PLD) where social workers can make a real difference, going home with a sense of a job well done. As care providers we are keenly aware of this focus and enthusiasm to get things right for people with learning disability. Indeed, some would say that this is why we started as providers in the first place. Unhappily, “spokespersons” are frequently heard at conferences roundly damning PLD providers who operate residential homes. What then do commiss

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