Really stimulating conversations here today at the National Children and Adult Services (NCAS) conference. I spoke this morning about Care Bill implementation and gave six questions that I would be considering if I was working in a local authority now. Lots of people have been asking for them – so here they are again:
1 – do you have a programme in place to deliver this work and a lead person who will be responsible for coordinating and driving delivery in your area?
2 – do you know what needs to change by when and the size of the challenge for you?
3 – do you understand the scale of change in key areas like IT, workforce capacity and training?
4 - have you got plans in place to identify self-funders in your area?
5 – do you know how you will engage with your communities, voluntary sector, providers and others, to prepare for and see through implementation?
6 – how will you model the likely cost and other impacts?
On a final note, if you’re at NCAS tomorrow, join me and my DH colleagues for a breakfast session at 8am in Queens Suite 1, to talk about reforming what people pay for their care and support.
Back to the auditorium now – Norman Lamb’s up next.