Pioneering councils join project for sustainable services in social care

Eleven councils have joined the ‘Just Right’ project – a national initiative funded by NHS England to develop sustainable services for adults with learning disabilities, without compromising on the quality of care.

The 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. At NHS England we 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.”