Paving stones on the road to Hell
By Caring Times editor Geoff Hodgson
In any field of human endeavour, what seem to be good ideas will be tried and abandoned when they are shown not to work. Many blind alleys will be explored. Many well-intentioned mistakes will be made. So it is more by way of observation, rather than criticism, that I mention the following:
Whatever happened to “world class commissioning”? As I recall it was a real buzz-phrase about five years ago. Yet in the first issue of ‘commissioning – the voice of progressive health & social care’, published earlier this year by Pixel West Healthcare in association with LaingBuisson, I could find no mention of it. There are articles by such luminaries as Alistair Burt, Norman Lamb, Lord Michael Bichard and Stephen Dorrell but none of them give world class commissioning a mention. The phrase appears to have been erased from history. I wonder why?
And then there’s the Care Providers’ Alliance (CPA), formed a few years ago as a coming together of the multifarious representative organisations in the care sector to let them speak with a common voice. But it seems never to say anything. Certainly none of the CPA’s utterances, if there are any, have crossed my desk in the last year or so.
And does anyone remember “Careship”? No? Well, this was an idea dreamed up in 2012 by Goosebumps Brand Consultancy, a PR firm commissioned (at what expense I know not) by the National Skills Academy for Social Care that would, according to the label on the tin, redefine leadership in the care sector. I think this ship sank at the end of the launching slipway.
I’m sure most of us will have fond memories of Dame Denise Platt and the CSCI, but does anyone recall that in 2012, she was appointed by the aforementioned CPA as ‘Red Tape Champion’? You won’t lose any marks if you answer honestly and say ‘no’ because, as far as I am aware, we haven’t heard from Dame Denise since the time of her appointment. Mind you, this could be part of a successful drive by the CPA to cut its own bureaucracy.
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