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2.1 Purpose

This Market Position Statement responds to the market shaping and personalisation aspects of the Care Act 2014 and the ongoing integration of housing and social care services with health, following the Health & Social Care Act 2012, continue to produce the most significant changes for the care sector in over a generation.  We recognise that first of all we must have services in place that give those children and young people we provide services for the very best start in life and the opportunities they require to achieve their full potential, and driving this is the Children and Families Act 2014 which seeks to improve services for vulnerable children and support strong families. It underpins wider reforms to ensure that all children and young people can succeed, no matter what their background.  We are also faced with the challenges of an increasing older and ageing population and changing service user expectations, all of this against a background of continuing financial austerity.  However, we also see many opportunities to work in co-production with partners, care providers, communities and service users of all ages and their carers to ensure that a sufficient supply of good quality care is available to those who need it, however they wish to buy it.

In South Gloucestershire we recognise that in the current financial and demographic context if we don’t find new ways to help people to find better solutions we will not be able to meet the needs of those who are most dependent upon support and as a result we will end up rationing services and only intervening in crisis situations. We have recognised that we all need to work differently and have started on a journey to change our approach so that we;

  • Focus on people’s strengths and assets, both as an individual and within their wider family and community and to support them to achieve their best potential as a young person through transition to adulthood and then when their needs change as they become an older person, as well as to meet the needs of people of any age when they present themselves to us as a new service user for whatever reason.
  • Find new ways to engage with individuals and communities and to deliver services differently.
  • Have different conversations with young people and adults as individuals around “what matters to you” and “how can we work with you to find joint solutions?”
  • Build a culture which encourages creativity and innovation across the whole sector, seeing providers as full and equal partners.
  • Ensure that people speak to someone who can help them there and then, this may be someone within the Council or one of our partner agencies
  • Raise awareness of the cost of social care provision within local communities and provide them with information as to how such needs arise and how more resilient and supportive communities might help prevent them.