Community Services in Swindon will pioneer a national initiative which recognizes that frontline staff have the local know-how on the best use of resources..
Swindon is one of 12 projects, selected by the coalition governement as ‘Pathfinders’ to research creating an employee led mutual organisation. The pilots will have direct access to top mentors from businesses and leaders such as The John Lewis Partnership who will give advice and support on the practical aspects of moving towards this new way of working.
Heather Mitchell, Acting Chief executive of NHS Swindon and Acting Director of Adult Social Care said: “We are delighted to be selected as a pilot for this imitative. We strongly value the contribution of our front line staff make to the delivery of good quality services to the residents of Swindon. This pilot will provide opportunities for our staff to shape future services. Our commitment to the delivery of modern high quality services is at the heart of all we will do.”
Ted Wilson, Joint Director of Service Delivery, added: “This is really good news and will help us learn more about exploring the option of becoming a employee led mutual organisation in order to continue providing high quality personalised services to our residents. By being selected as a ‘Pathfinder’ we will now go on a fact finding mission to use the best expertise and advice to discover what an employee led mutual could provide for residents and staff.”
Service areas included in this are diagnostics, early intervention and prevention services, especially support and care for long-term conditions, rehabilitation, support of older people with complex health and social care needs and complex care at home when people are ill or reaching the end of their lives
An employee led mutual organisation will allow us all to build on the work already undertaken to deliver more integrated efficient people centred care.