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.

Throughout the pandemic we have been holding regular meetings with the local forums for social care providers that we facilitate. Over 40 meetings have been held so far with those in front line management / leadership positions from voluntary, statutory and independent sectors, across 8 local authority areas. Meetings have focused on sharing learning and experiences, and opportunities for this to inform longer term changes in how adult social care is planned and delivered.

Our report captures and records the learning and experiences of those involved in the planning and delivery of social care services during the Covid-19 pandemic: We’re all in this together – The impact of Covid-19 on the future of social care in Scotland: a view from the workforce (pdf). The report identifies observations and opportunities for change that you may find interesting - and perhaps unexpected. Watch this space for the results of a major survey of social care staff about how learning from lockdown can help shape the longer term future of social care in Scotland.

At ARC we continue to use 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.

Funded by

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


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