Developing a strengths-based approach to adult social care – Workshop

The Care Act 2014 consolidates personalisation and places it at the centre of adult social care. It sets out new duties for local authorities and partners, and new rights both for people who use services and their carers. Specifically, a number of key sections in the Act place personalisation at the centre of what a modern health and social care operating model should be like.

To find out more about embedding a strengths-based approach into your organisational culture, join us on one of our free workshops taking place across the county in September and October. These workshops have been funded by Norfolk County Council.

The dates and locations for the free Strengths-based approach workshop are:

  • Norwich – Wednesday 6 September
  • Dereham – Tuesday 19 September
  • Great Yarmouth – Thursday 21 September
  • Swaffham – Tuesday 10 October
  • Aylsham – Tuesday 17 October
    Follow up sessions will be held in March/April 2018.

Get in touch with Norfolk & Suffolk Care Support for details by calling them on 01603 629211.

Whilst the Care Act places these duties squarely on the shoulders of statutory services, no meaningful improvement for the individuals it seeks to help will occur without the active involvement of the adult care sector as a whole. To do that, care providers need to have a thorough understanding of what a strengths-based approach to care looks like and fully embed that into their organisational culture.

The strengths-based approach is based on the belief that increasing resilience by focussing on an individual’s own skills and abilities, immediate support networks and informal community services will improve outcomes for them and in so doing, delay or even avoid the need for ongoing formal input. Care providers in domiciliary care and the residential care sector have a crucial part to play in increasing individual resilience, but that may mean changing the conversations they have with individuals around outcomes and being more “plugged in” to what happens in local communities.