Social Work Practice pilot sites

The Pilots

The Social Work Practice pilot sites are located in Birmingham, Lambeth, North East Lincolnshire, Shropshire, Suffolk, Surrey and Stoke. The sites are centred around people who use services and are smaller than local authorities, which should allow them to be more responsive in their decision making.

Activ8/Cre8 – Birmingham

Activ8/Crea8 is trialling a new way of working, focusing on people with physical disabilities. It is aimed at helping people to be more active and independent. It provides a new landscape for promoting and building the networks needed to support people in their own communities. This is achieved using resources more flexibly, to ensure a sustainable infrastructure.

Social work teams are attached to user-led organisations and enablement services. They are therefore able to develop an ‘enhanced offer’ to disabled people. This allows social workers to work far more closely with individuals and in communities.

Find out more - see the Activ8 End-point feedback report.

TOPAZ – Lambeth

TOPAZ is part of the council’s vision for Lambeth to become a Cooperative Borough. The pilot aims to establish itself as one of the council’s “early adopters” of new ways of delivering services, through mutuals and social enterprises. Lambeth’s vision is of a social-worker led team offering early intervention to people with lower level need. These people would not usually have support from statutory adult social care services.

TOPAZ works in partnership with local people in innovative and creative ways, right from their first contact. It does this by advising people who are managing their own care needs; by reaching out to all parts of the community; and by helping people keep themselves safe from harm and independent. The pilot builds on the success of the council’s work developing more personalised care for people living in Lambeth.

Find out more - see Key learning points: How Social Work Practice has developed at TOPAZ.

North East Lincolnshire (NEL) Social Work Practice

NEL is looking for innovation. The client group is older people and people with physical, sensory or learning disabilities. It works very closely with communities, GPs, other care practitioners and specialists.

People who use services, their families and carers, help assess needs and develop tailored personal plans. The aim is to prevent problems that can lead to worsening health, going to hospital or admission to residential or nursing care.

Find out more - see the North East Lincolnshire (NEL) Social Work Practice End-point feedback report.

People2People - Shropshire

Shropshire’s People2People  pilot scheme involves the creation of a not- for-profit social enterprise. The scheme aims to support up to 1,800 residents throughout the county. The team tests a different approach to assessing older people, people with a physical disability and those with learning disabilities by:

Find out more - see the People2People End-point feedback report.

JMS Homecare – Stoke-on-Trent

JMS Homecare provides assessment and case management to people with long-term neurological conditions (LTnC) specifically multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and motor neurone disease. It operates as a social enterprise, led by a voluntary sector organisation in partnership with an independent social work practitioner.

In addition, the practice supports people who use services with low level needs focusing on prevention, early intervention and timely engagement. It also supports family members and carers. The practice works closely with a range of health and social care professionals to ensure a holistic approach to service delivery and improved outcomes. The views and experiences of people who use services and carers are at the heart of the practice during its development, and throughout implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

Find out more - see the JMS Homecare Community Investment Company (CIC) End-point feedback.

FirstPoint – Surrey

FirstPoint supports adults with sensory impairments. There are statutory assessments of individuals and carers, plus early intervention, support planning and care management. The principle aim of the project is to improve outcomes and to provide more choice for people with sensory impairment. This is achieved through working more creatively with partners to establish better resources in Suffolk.

Services include; social work; rehabilitation; dual sensory services assessments; advice and guidance; equipment for people with hearing impairments; and British Sign Language or English interpreters. FirstPoint is a social worker-led company, formed to deliver the service.

Find out more - see the FirstPoint Community Interest Company (CIC) End-point feedback report

Sensing Change - Suffolk

People with sensory loss have recently benefitted from a co-designed commissioning strategy in the county. One of the outcomes is to evaluate the feasibility of providing deaf services independently of the local authority. This is being delivered by an organisation based on a social enterprise model. Sensing Change is providing the platform to trial these plans. Services are dedicated to person-centred support, with more people managing their own budgets and accessing community services. Sensing Change aims to further improve outcomes for residents.

Find out more - see the Sensing Change End-point feedback report.