Lead Officer Network Meeting, The Steeple, Dundee
The Lead Officer network is a forum designed to enable delegates to compare and contrast with the work you are doing in your own area with the approaches being adopted by others. The last two events in Kilmarnock and Dundee enabled the hosts to share their thinking behind the strategies they are putting in place to enable carers to get a break from their caring routine.
The day started with Diane McCulloch, Head of Service, Health and Social Care, Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership giving delegates a comprehensive insight into the demographics of the carer population throughout their region. Diane explained that they are using this information to develop neighbourhood level strategies to ensure resources are targeted where they can have greatest impact. What also came out of the presentation was the clear focus on using partnership working and co-production to underpin their work.
A key element to Dundee’s approach to supporting carers to get a break from their caring routine is their core funding of the Dundee Carers Brokerage Service operated by Dundee Carers Centre. Following Diane’s presentation the Brokerage team facilitated a participative session which demonstrated how the Brokerage team use their Adult Carers Outcome Framework to enable them to identify the level of risk to a carer of achieving their outcomes. Using case studies they highlighted the importance of having outcome focused conversations with carers but the exercise also served to demonstrate just how easy it is to jump to conclusions and default to traditional “solutions”, rather than find a more personalised approach.
With only 5 days to the Carers Act going live Gordon Dodds from the Scottish Government Carers Branch hosted a Q&A session. What we heard served to reinforce the experience from the previous session that having effective conversations with carers either formally or informally will become a key element to the successful implementation of the Act. It also highlighted the importance of having meaningful local short breaks information.
This led neatly into the afternoon session where Graeme Reekie explained about the work of the Short Break Statement Think Tank group which started meeting monthly from December ’17 with the objective of publishing a template statement resource in June that local authorities can use to assist them in producing their own statements. Graeme asked the group to spend some time reviewing an early draft version and the feedback from the session will be used to refine the resource.
The last presentation was from Ellie Sandercock, Shared Care Scotland’s Short Breaks Fund Manager who provided the group with an overview of the Short Breaks Fund. Her presentation highlighted what the SBF has achieved since it was launched in December 2010 and highlighted examples of the types of services and breaks that the fund has been able to support. With reference to the title of her presentation “At a Crossroads?” she explained that with an eye on the future she is planning to review the focus of the fund to ensure that it is aligned as far as possible to support local efforts to expand short break opportunities while complimenting but not replacing services supported by the statutory sector.
To conclude the session Alexis Chappell, Dundee Health & Social Care Partnership Locality Manager did an excellent job of summarising the day.
Papers and Presentations
- Lead Officers Meeting 27-01-18 – All Slides
- Dundee Carers Outcomes Framework July 17x
- Brokerage Case Study 1 & 2 – Facilitators Version
- Brokerage Respitality Case Study
- Q&A Responses – Gordon Dodds