Nottinghamshire County Council are looking at the way that people are supported during the day and how they are able to access short breaks. This is because people with care and support needs may need help to be part of their community and take part in day activities. We want to help people to live a good life by supporting them to take part in meaningful activities and to access short breaks to help them to maintain their caring role. This supports the Council’s commitment to promote people’s independence and wellbeing.
We have already consulted recently with day opportunities providers on the proposed new payment model post August 2020. This is a separate exercise that will be focussed on what day opportunities and short breaks provision should offer in the longer-term.
We will be developing new strategies for day opportunity and short breaks provision. As part of this, we are encouraging providers, service users and carers to share their insights and ideas to help us develop a new strategy for day opportunities and short breaks across Nottinghamshire. The first stage of this is to ask people what they consider to be a meaningful day, how they would like to receive their short breaks and any barriers they face to achieving this.
The Council will, in the meantime, continue to work with current providers to deliver the interim model of support for day opportunities and short breaks.
We know that day opportunity and short breaks providers have an important role in the care and support provided to Service Users and carers. We want to learn from their insight, experience and knowledge in meeting the needs and outcomes of people who access their services now and in the future. However, the strategy will also cover a broader range of services in the community including employment, options that can be purchased through Direct Payments, Shared Lives and wider services which offer choice and control. We would therefore welcome providers of other services to contribute to the strategy development.
The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that services have had to be delivered in more innovative and diverse ways than would previously have been the case and the ongoing risks presented mean it will not be possible to return to how things were for quite some time, if at all. Some building-based services have reopened to deliver Covid-secure support, however the measures needed to ensure a safe environment make the experience quite different as activities and socialising are limited. The recent government announcements about a further extended period of restrictions mean that it is important that we learn from the experiences of people accessing services during this time to help strengthen the offer during this ongoing Covid phase and also to plan for the future. We would like your help to do this.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have had to rethink how we involve people in the review as we are unable to do this by face-to-face meetings in most cases because of social distancing requirements and the need to keep vulnerable people safe. We need help from providers in reassuring service users and carers that they will continue to receive the support they require and to support them to get engaged with the process.
If you are one of our day opportunities or short breaks providers you can complete the questionnaire online here. Look out for dates for online workshops and group sessions so that you can have your say and get involved. If you are not a day opportunities provider but would like to contribute please do so here.
Please help us to encourage as many service users and carers as possible to engage with the strategy development.
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