Decent care is about people, relationships and community. Co-ops are a great way to organise activities and resources around these pillars.
Co-op approaches to care and wellbeing have the potential to make the system safer, effective and more efficient, by improving standards but also crucially by enabling people to be healthier and happier in their homes and communities. This is about more than care - it’s about the good life.
Co-ops can’t solve the current social care funding crisis; though they can help us spend money and allocate resources in better ways.
Reviews of adult social care
Two major reviews of adult social care in England are now scheduled for the autumn of 2018. These reviews should be a once in a generation opportunity to press for public policy that supports a flourishing of co-operative approaches to wellbeing and care. We have published a concise position paper on the issues that we know will be covered in these reviews, making the case for what we call ‘co-operative approaches to care’ and setting out how public policy could create an environment for these approaches to flourish.
Care Quality Commission 'State of the Sector' report
We've produced a paper reflecting on the latest CQC report from a co-operative care perspective. Reports such as these frame and influence the public and political discourse around care and welling. Knowing what the CQC is saying and considering where co-operative approaches offer something in response is crucial.
Owning Our Care: new research
With partners in the Co-op Care Forum we have published primary research examining the challenges and opportunities for the user and community-led development of care co-ops in the UK.