Independent Sector Engagement – West Lothian

What was the issue you were addressing or working on?

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.

What you did?

Discussion between the development officer and West Lothian local authority recognised potential future challenges regarding capacity in the independent sector. Scottish Care along with IRISS formulated a project to address these challenges and a change fund bid was submitted to West Lothian RCOP Partnership. A full time project lead for IRISS was appointed on19th August 2013. Along with the development officer, the project lead visited different providers within the area representing both Care Homes and Care at Home to gain their views and opinions on the challenges they face. A further visit to West Lothian to meet with relevant local authority members to seek their views has been arranged.

What were the outcomes - benefits or otherwise?

This project is still at an early stage with the final report not due until September 2014.  The anticipated outcomes are:

  • Increased capacity of independent providers to manage the challenges of Reshaping Care for Older People
  • Effective strategies/tools developed and disseminated to the independent sector to inform and inspire their own change process
  • Enhanced outcomes for individuals receiving care and support from independent providers

Regular reviews will be undertaken throughout the time of the project.

Contacts - to find out more

Robert Telfer, Development Officer Independent Sector,  07789 865858;

Rhiann McLean, Project Lead, IRISS.