North Somerset are working to ensure that high quality universal services such as education, housing, leisure, transport and care and support services are accessible and available to everyone in the community. By building social capital, introducing personal budgets and therefore increasing choice and control it will be easier for people to access the help and support they need, when they need it.

Now, sometimes small problems can get bigger and people can begin to lose their independence, which is why the government wants local authorities to work with people on early intervention and prevention support, for example, re-focusing the homecare sector to build the longer term self care skills of the people they support, so they may take more control to prevent health symptoms deteriorating, and improve their wellbeing and social contacts.

In order to ready the homecare market for personalised, flexible services that promote holistic self care for individuals, North Somerset are engaging jdee to work with over 25 providers of social care.

Supporting Owners and Managers to baseline operational systems and culture and Trainers to develop the role of the traditional careworker, jdee aim to ensure the focus on self care runs throughout everything the organisations do.  This in turn will bridge the gap between initial intake and Reablement, with people requiring longer term care management being signposted to those providers that may evidence their on-going self care support.

” We are passionate about the opportunities self care can bring for individuals purchasing social care supports, and have evidenced the longer term benefits self care can have for reducing demand, increasing satisfaction and empowering the social care workforce to think and work differently. I am extremely pleased North Somerset see the value of our work and are investing in self care cultures”

Shaun Douglas-Galley


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