Better lives depend on better funding - Avenues Group

Better lives depend on better funding

Monday 13th of September 2021

Avenues has collaborated with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and other providers on a new report which agrees the key ingredients for successful community support.

‘Home for Good’ includes eight stories of people who have previously been placed in hospital settings, often called Assessment and Treatment Units. All are now thriving in community services across England. There is no single model of care and support that explains this success – each story is different.

But key threads emerge that are common to all stories:

  • Services must be bespoke and truly person-centred.
  • Agencies should work in partnership.
  • Appropriate housing and environments are a prerequisite.
  • When people are labelled as having ‘challenging behaviour’ – which includes self-harm and physical or verbal aggression – this should be understood as communication of distress or need.
  • Family involvement in all aspects of service planning and delivery increases the chance of a good outcome.

Jo LandAvenues, Certitude, Choice Support and Future Directions all contributed perspectives and case studies to the report, which demonstrates this mode of support is:

  • Sometimes cheaper than support provided through out-of-district hospitals
  • Far less reliant on medication and restraint to manage behaviour
  • Delivers a demonstrably better quality of life, by all sorts of measures.

Avenues Group Chief Executive Jo Land (pictured) said: “We welcomed the opportunity to work with CQC to help them build this strong picture of what great community-based support looks like, and the pre-requisites for delivering it. The findings once again show how the third sector offers a better value solution to adult social care, both in financial and human terms.

“But the provision of this support is precariously balanced, as it absolutely depends on a highly-skilled workforce which is currently woefully underpaid for the work it does. We urge the Government to absorb this evidence, from its own appointed regulator, as it considers its approach to how it allocates funding across health and social care.”

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