Owning our Care: investigating the development of multi-stakeholder co-operative social care in the UK
Politicians are committed to overhauling how we fund adult social care. But it is not all about money. No overhaul of the funding for care will be sufficient unless there is also a simultaneous shift in our approach to providing care and wellbeing. This report deals with some of the practicalities of how that shift could occur. This is the output of primary research into the development of four care and wellbeing organisations that are striving to empower service users, practitioners and communities through ownership and control. These organisations aim to exemplify in different ways co-operative approaches to care and wellbeing.
The research charts current activity, capture the challenges to development that participants encountered and to identify interventions which could make the success of this approach more likely.
“This research should be a wake-up call to everyone involved in social care if we are to fundamentally address the present fragmented and failing market. The co-operative way in both approach and models has to evidence why co-operative care is not just unique in market terms, but in showing that it can turn the rhetoric into addressing present relational power imbalances between people using, providing and commissioning care." Mervyn Eastman, Chair of the Co-operative Care Forum
The report was commissioned the Co-oeprative Care Forum, with support from East of England Co-operative Society, Wales Co-operative Centre and Co-operatives UK. Research was undertaken by the Co-operative College and Change Agents.