Investment to make improvements in the community equipment store to ensure systems are in place to provide outcome focused assessment and the provision of an effective equipment service – This is recognised as the responsibility of all care groups and services as a means of complementing other service provision, interventions and supporting overall service delivery e.g. facilitating hospital discharge. The Joint Equipment Store was working at full capacity to accommodate the increasing numbers of equipment requests and increasing costs as we strived to support more people in their own homes.
The aims of this project are to support the independent sector to embrace the challenges and opportunities in transforming support for older people as required by the Reshaping Care for Older People (RCOP) agenda. The project will seek to identify how providers can shape their delivery of care and support to meet local RCOP joint strategic commissioning plans and deliver improved outcomes for older people. This project will develop practical strategies/tools based on the needs and experiences of providers and share them with the wider independent sector. Selected independent providers will be closely involved participants throughout the project.
Informal engagement with local providers has highlighted an opportunity to support training and development needs, in particular development of leadership and management skills for 9 care home managers and also 3 managers of extra care housing through the My Home Life programme.
The principles behind Reshaping Care emphasise the need for effective partnership working across all sectors involved in supporting older people. The independent sector is a major provider of health and social care services across Scotland. The appointment of a Development Officer was intended to achieve the following aims:
Ensure the sector were fully informed, engaged with, and represented in relation to the Reshaping Care agenda.
Identify and encourage relevant workforce development opportunities for the sector which will support the principles of continuous change and improvement.
Promote key Reshaping Care themes amongst the sector and their role in contributing towards these e.g. falls prevention, infection control, end of life care, dementia, medications, anticipatory and preventative care
To work in co-production with teams of older people from specific communities raising the awareness of the importance of good mental health and wellbeing. To empower them to identify issues, come up with, and test ideas to deliver on actions to address issues identified in the “Mental Health and Wellbeing in Later Life”* report published by Age Concern and The Mental Health Foundation in 2006.