The Community Gateway CIC is looking for progressive and forward thinking local authorities to collaboratively develop new approaches to social care commissioning

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The Community Gateway CIC is looking for local authorities to collaboratively develop new social care commissioning approaches to address the fiscal challenges England now faces. A great deal of the responses to Gershon efficiencies have already been implemented and achieving further efficiencies is becoming increasingly difficult.

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By de-risking the projects and providing tool kits, templates and plans projects can deliver savings far quicker than reinventing the wheel and result in more successful implementations. Richard Haynes, Founder/ Director

Within this comprehensive spending review period (CSR), many authorities are required to continue to meet their statutory duties with 30% less funding. The Community Gateway CIC believes that services now have reached a watershed. Changing eligibility, Gershon efficiencies, and current pace of progress with reablement and telecare, and promoting through eMarketplaces non eligibility based care and support, whilst all absolutely necessary, will not got nearly far enough.

Based on working with very forward thinking commissioners, The Community Gateway has established some commissioning principals which possibly represent the ‘footprints’ to the next generation of commissioning practice in social care. Community Gateway has recently helped Gloucestershire County Council pilot concepts which suggest up to 30% reductions in Learning Disability supported living are possible without effecting any level of front line support, in fact could lead to service improvements. The lessons of the pilot have ramifications for other Learning Disability Services. Community Gateway has also just commenced work having been selected by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to implement solutions which both reduce costs and lead to service improvements and reduced levels complaints in domiciliary care.

The Community Gateway is looking for local authorities and CCG’s to come forward and to partner with collaboratively to build on these approaches to put them in to a more formalised and structured co-produced and co-owend set of tools. Some of the initiatives entail working with and establishing partnership working with sectors not previously engaged in social care activity. It requires creativity, risk taking and an entrepreneurial spirit and approach.

Some of the outputs will be commissioning ‘tool kits’ co-produced with commissioners and communities. The expected outcomes being greater self sufficiency amongst self-support networks and sustainable income which maintains momentum. Commissioners interested should either email info(at)tcgcic(dot)org(dot)uk or telephone us on the number provided.

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