SCIE media statement

Personalise, prevent and partner: SCIE response to Audit Commission report

02 June 2011

SCIE’s evidence supports many of the recommendations set out today by the Audit Commission

says David Walden, Director of Adult Services at the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

Amongst the areas highlighted by the Commission, councils can increase efficiency by personalising care, preventing the escalation of need and working more effectively with the NHS. Pursuing these issues is even more crucial at a time of rising demands and tightening resources.

SCIE’s work on personalisation and efficiency, for example, shows that the personalisation agenda is already stimulating review and change in business processes which are resulting in efficiencies – for example, access, auditing and IT systems.

Giving people choice and control over their care and support can potentially result in efficiencies such as waste and overhead, cost reduction, improved value for money and better outcomes. However, this requires outcome-based, user-directed, flexible approaches to commissioning services.

David Walden continues:

Reablement also achieves cost savings to social care through reducing or removing the need for ongoing support via traditional home care. Reablement services help people to learn or relearn the skills necessary for daily living which may have been lost through deterioration in health or increased support needs. A focus on regaining physical ability is central, as is active reassessment.

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