The government has stated that: “ by 2010 each locality should have a User Led Organisation (ULO)” A User Led Organisation involves Deaf and disabled people and carers in its day-to-day running and services. Fusion meets all of the Department of Health requirements as the User Led Organisation for Devon and is now funded by Devon County Council “ Made in Devon for Devon”
Coming together Changing together Campaigning together Our Values “ User led means equal say” Fusion will consult with services users and carers, and ensure that they continue to lead and be “in control” of decisions made by Fusion Local solutions by Local people
The Fusion Board Living Options Devon Westbank Devon Link Up Rejuve-nation Be Involved Devon Senior Council
What Fusion has done Human Rights Training Fusion involved people with learning disabilities to develop a training pack to raise awareness of Human Rights. The Joint Engagement Board The board works to plan, monitor and evaluate involvement activities to make sure they are carried out in the correct way. The Fusion Gateway Fusion sends out involvement activities to the Gateway so people can be involved. Fusion collects the responses and feedback to everyone. The Putting People First Reference Group enables the Council or NHS to draw on personal experiences on the changes currently being made in health and social care.
VCS and ULOs stronger together <ul><li>Service user/carer representation is different to VCS representation </li></ul><ul><li>VCS can provide ULOs with training </li></ul><ul><li>ULOs can help VCS reach people </li></ul><ul><li>ULOS can commission VCS to provide infrastructure support </li></ul><ul><li>ULOs can provide independent feedback </li></ul>
Maximising impact and effectiveness Remaining true to ‘user led values’ ‘ Nothing about us without us’ Empowering individuals Social model Support and access needs met Service user and carers at the centre Advocacy and information Robust research Working strategically Partnership and consortium working Co-production Focus resources Strong networks