November 21, 2013 Leave a comment
A guest blog from Simon Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org), who supports our micro-enterprise members:
Another fascinating but frustrating blog just crossed my radar. It is from the Chief Executive of the British Association of Social Workers, Bridget Robb about how social workers feel frustrated with the commissioning of homecare and alienated from their own authorities’ commissioning systems.
It is a thought-provoking piece exploring how front line professionals can be excluded from decision-making and commissioning processes. She argues that many social workers are unhappy about the quality of much of the domiciliary care that they arrange, but “feel that they have little power and control over the services. Social workers need to be able to work with a small number of locally based suppliers of home care in small localities in order to build up relationships with the suppliers”.
The last line would hearten many micro-enterprise care providers who would relish such engagement. However, it is disheartening when even professionals do not feel as if they have any control, choice or power.
Alongside this, in my inbox, was news of a new Government attempt to drive up quality in local authority adult services. It is a new website launched to compare authorities’ adult social care performance via the Adult Social Care Outcome indicators. It hopes to help local people hold their council to account by making this, already available information, more accessible.
This seems laudable, but does raise the question of how local people will be able to use the information they can gather to hold their council to account, if BASW feels that even social workers can have no impact upon the support services they are able to purchase? Read more of this post