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What, when and how? The policy context for ULOs


Presentation to several local authorities and User-Led Organisations in the East Midlands, to support the capacity building of ULOs in that region.

Presentation to several local authorities and User-Led Organisations in the East Midlands, to support the capacity building of ULOs in that region.

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  • 1. What, when and how?: The context for User-Led Organisations Rich Watts Department of Health January 2010
  • 2. Background
    • Improving the Life Chances of Disabled People .
    • Recommendation 4.3:
    • “ By 2010, each locality (defined as that area covered by a Council with social services responsibilities) should have a User-led Organisation modelled on existing CILs (Centres for Independent Living)”.
  • 3. Wider policy context
    • A Stronger Local Voice Framework – Local Involvement Networks (LINks, 2006)
    • Independent Living Strategy (2008)
    • Carers Strategy (2008)
    • Social Care Green Paper (2009)
    • Right to Control (2009)
    • The key one: Putting People First – Transforming Adult Social Care (2007)
  • 4. ULOs and Personalisation
    • Putting People First: the key agenda
      • A lot required of Local Authorities
      • A lot of opportunities for ULOs
    • Information, advice and guidance; support, advocacy and brokerage
      • People on Direct Payments / Personal Budgets
      • Universal Services
    • Local Authorities commissioning personalisation work from ULOs
    • Performance and delivery benefits from working with ULOs
    • (ULOs engaged beyond social care)
  • 5. DH approach to ULO work
    • Co-production at the heart of all the work
    • Recognition that there is not one “quick-fix” solution or one model of working that will fit all
    • Recognition that there are variety of perspectives, experiences and expectations within the disability and ‘service-user’ movement
    • Recognition of the long history of disabled people’s organisations
    • Government (central or local) can facilitate and support development of ULOs (but cannot and should never own or control them)
  • 6. DH work on ULOs so far
    • Developed ULO Policy which sets out the values, organisational characteristics and services that underpin ULOs
    • These are the ULO Design Criteria
    • Commissioned ULO baseline research
    • Established ULO Development Fund – 2 waves of activity
    • Worked with different ULOs at different stages of development to develop solutions and resources to be used by others
  • 7. “Working Together with ULOs”
    • Publication launched in March 2009, endorsed by ADASS, LGA, SCIE, IDEA, NCIL and Shaping Our Lives
    • Summary of what a ULO is
    • Information on co-production between Local Authorities and ULOs and what this can be like in practice (plus some example0
    • Outlines benefits for local authorities working with ULOs and encourages positive engagement
  • 8. DH ULO project – current work
    • Continue working with User-led Action and Learning Sites
    • Disseminate resources produced by Action and Learning Sites to build capacity of other organisations (e.g. through new NCIL website)
    • Work with partners to coordinate capacity building initiatives available to ULOs (e.g. Disability LIB, NCIL, RADAR, Office for Disability Issues, Office for Third Sector)
    • ULO national conference, 12 March 2010
    • Work with partners to take forward and embed ULO agenda
      • E.g. SCIE Commissioner tool
      • Embed in Putting People First programme (e.g. joint milestones document)
  • 9. Regional Capacity Building
    • DH started working through the regions to support ULO capacity building work in 2009/10
    • Funding made available to Deputy Regional Directors for capacity building work in 2009:
      • To support the delivery of Recommendation 4.3
      • To support recognition of the important role ULOs play generally in the implementation of the Independent Living Strategy
      • Recognise expected role of ULOs in implementation of the Right to Control
    • The key outcome is to develop the capability and capacity of ULOs within the regions
  • 10. Summary
    • At a national level, clear policy approach and organisations working together to embed ULO agenda
    • Delivery of capacity building of ULOs working through the Regions
    • Local Authority personalisation leads driving transformation of adult social care
    • ULOs have opportunity to contribute to several key areas and support LAs to successfully implement transformation