Networks & forums - Provider Forums

Local networks for organisations that provide social care for people with disabilities or other support needs in nine Scottish local authority areas: Aberdeenshire, Angus, Highland, Moray, Perth & Kinross, Dundee, Fife, Scottish Borders, Dumfries & Galloway.

Our work with Provider Forums across Scotland has reshaped in response to COVID-19. We believe it’s vital to give providers and partnerships the opportunity to connect and learn in light of the challenges we now all face, and so are offering more frequent virtual gatherings focussed entirely on what’s most supportive to providers at this time.

Local forums have connected to share their situations and experience, to use each other’s knowledge to resolve issues, and to share what’s been working for them. As a result, we’ve seen coordination of available PPE, coordinated responses to local authority COVID planning groups, and an understanding of practice that works at a time of intense pressure.

‘It was useful to all come together in a particularly difficult time’
‘Very helpful indeed’
‘It’s good to keep in touch and see how others are coping and share ideas’
‘I look forward to this every week’

- Provider Forum members

At ARC we'll continue to use this learning from across Scotland to ensure that issues and solutions are foregrounded at both local and national level, and remain fully committed to continuing to support organisations at the frontline of essential support at this time.

Aim

- Enable provider organisations and other stakeholders to work together and learn from each other.

- Increase the voice of provider organisations and people who use services locally, regionally and nationally.

- Facilitate peer-to-peer support between senior social care professionals.

Aim

- Enable provider organisations and other stakeholders to work together and learn from each other.

- Increase the voice of provider organisations and people who use services locally, regionally and nationally.

- Facilitate peer-to-peer support between senior social care professionals.

PLANNING AND DECISION-MAKING

Each forum has formal links with local planning and decision-making processes and is a mechanism for local partnership working.

Through membership of the forums, provider organisations are increasingly willing to set aside commercial interests to work together to continually improve the quality of support they provide.

MEMBERS

Members include senior representatives from voluntary and independent sector providers, the local health and social care partnerships and others responsible for the planning and delivery of support.

See the relevant Provider forum for contacts and how to join.

Work With Us

Please contact us if you would like to join a forum or discuss setting up a Provider Forum in your area:

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Funded by

ARC Scotland’s Provider Forums are funded by the Scottish Government Care Support and Rights Division and Aberdeenshire Council.