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The zero-cost to councils project, which officially launched at the National Children and Adult Services (NCAS) Conference in Manchester, brings together the NHS, industry and eleven local authorities to accelerate the uptake of innovative technology and work-practice, and ensure the level of support is 'Just Right': not too little, not too much.
Working with KPMG, University of Birmingham, person-centred care specialists Helen Sanderson Associates and technology provider Just Checking, the local authorities will be supported to:
• improve outcomes for service users
• develop more sustainable services, with training for care providers
• identify and realise significant efficiency savings
• build concrete evidence and a model for other local authorities to follow.
Miles Ayling, Director of Innovation NHS England, said “The ‘Just Right’ project provides real, sustainable change to the way learning disability services are delivered. NHS England are committed to accelerating the uptake of innovations which can help to tackle the issues facing health and social care today.”
David Reeson Director at KPMG with responsibility for social care added “The rising cost of social care is one of the biggest challenges facing local authorities today, and innovative approaches are needed to tackle the problem head on.
Within the next 20 years, there is an expected increase of 30% in the number of working age adults with a learning disability, meaning this is an issue we can’t afford to ignore. The ‘Just Right’ approach offers an alternative to finding savings in more traditional ways and all local authorities should look at how it might meet their needs and those of their service users.”
David Ardron, Managing Director of Just Checking said “‘Just Right’ builds on pioneering work in supported living and residential care of adults with learning disabilities using Just Checking. We have already seen positive outcomes from using this technology, but this project will allow us to produce scaled, impartial evidence more quickly and with the backing of world class partners.”
Ruth Gorman, Consultant at Helen Sanderson Associates said “Person-centred planning is a way of assisting people to work out what they want, the support they require and helping them get it. The ‘Just Right’ approach facilitates this, and the evidence the project produces should help to ensure that more people can be supported in a person-centred way.”
Catherine Mangan, Senior Fellow at University of Birmingham said “The University of Birmingham recognises how important it is for commissioners and providers to have robust evidence about which approaches are most effective in terms of improving outcomes for users, and how they can best be implemented. This evaluation will seek to provide data about the impact of the Just Right approach on levels of care, and the culture and behaviour changes that may need to take place amongst commissioners, providers, service users and their families to ensure the success of a person centred approach to achieving outcomes.”
About the Just Right project
Just Right is a national project aiming to unlock 'efficiency savings' in learning disabilities, without compromising care delivery, and funded by NHS England.
The ‘Just Right’ programme brings together industry, local government and the NHS to accelerate uptake of innovation which ensures the level of care in supported living is ‘Just Right’ – not too little, not too much.
Working with KPMG, the University of Birmingham, Helen Sanderson Associates and technology provider Just Checking, 9 local authorities are sponsored to:
• Identify and realise significant efficiency savings in care within supported living and residential care for adults with learning disabilities.
• Improve outcomes for service users.
• Develop more sustainable services, with training for care providers
• Build concrete evidence and a model for other local authorities to follow.
The local authorities involved are:
• Birmingham City Council
• Essex County Council
• Herefordshire County Council
• Liverpool City Council
• Newcastle City Council
• Nottinghamshire County Council
• Oxfordshire County Council
• Suffolk County Council
• London Boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham, and City of Westminster (as London Tri-borough)
The local authorities will work independently, towards their own goals for transformation of learning disabilities services, but pool the results of their service transformation.
Project partners are:
• Helen Sanderson Associates: Training and reflection on the ‘Just Enough Support’ principles
• University of Birmingham and KPMG: Measurement, evaluation and analysis of the economic benefits of the approach
• Just Checking: The market-leader in activity monitoring systems will supply the technology and coordinate the project
Project results are expected in summer 2015.
About Just Checking
Just Checking is a simple, web-based assessment tool that helps local authorities get the right support to the right people at the right time. Used by 86% of UK local authorities, it provides objective evidence for decision-making, taking the guesswork out of support planning.
Just Checking’s market-leading system supports adult social care teams to empower service users to become more independent, ensuring a focus on the most effective combination of staff and technology to meet their needs, goals and aspirations. When used alongside support plans and records, it provides an enhanced understanding of complex cases. This means that significant cost savings are achievable and the quality of support is maintained.
The Just Checking system:
• Confirms the optimum level of support
• Allows individuals to demonstrate their capabilities and have more control over the support they receive
• Leads to real person-centred care packages, and improved quality of care
• Shows the effect of staff activity, encouraging them to focus on enablement
• Provides objective evidence on which to make changes to support delivery and justify budgets
For more information about Just Right visit www.justrightproject.co.uk
About the funding
The Small Business Research Initiative for Healthcare (SBRI Healthcare) is an NHS England initiative, championed by the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), who aim to promote UK economic growth whilst addressing unmet health needs and enhancing the take up of best practice.
Part of Innovation Health and Wealth, the SBRI Healthcare programme sets industry the challenge in a series of health related competitions which result in fully funded development contracts between the awarded company and the NHS.
The PBROTRIB says you would have thought with the current council debt level soaring to £25 Million. A 'FREE' scheme like this would be ideal for the no overall control debt-ridden Peterborough City Council.
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