OLM Group has announced that six local authorities have joined its personalisation partnership programme, which is designed to help councils promote the government’s personalisation agenda in adult social care.
Sam Newman, personalisation programme director, said the first cohort of councils to join were: Wandsworth Council, Suffolk County Council, Devon County Council, Warwickshire County Council and Glasgow City Council. Others are expected to follow shortly.
The government is keen to see adults with social care needs give more choice and control over the support they receive – including personal budgets. The Department of Health has said that a “stuttering start” has been made on personalisation reforms.
The OLM Group programme provides councils with bespoke programmes of help in four areas: process, people, commissioning and technology. Local authorities are also able to share ideas and successes.
Damian Furniss, head of IM&T at Devon County Council, said it had been working with OLM Group for a number of years on IT solutions to enable its health and social care improvement programme.
“We have modernised the way we do our business to be more responsive to the citizen, working closely with our health partners in joining up our services. Working with others who share these objectives will help accelerate our programme of promoting the independence and wellbeing of those we serve,” he added.