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Choice Support and Central Bedfordshire launch ISFs

Choice Support and Central Bedfordshire launched an initiative to introduce Individual Service Funds (ISFs) in Bedfordshire with a conference in Dunstable on 3.12.15.

Choice Support currently supports 26 people in the area. Previous Choice Support experience in other parts of the country demonstrates that ISFs can be a powerful tool to create higher quality, more personalised support at lower cost compared to traditional funding models.

More than 30 staff from Central Bedfordshire, Choice Support and other local providers attended. Speakers included Simon Duffy from the Centre for Welfare Reform and Paul Groom, Head of Contracts at Central Bedfordshire Council.

Julie Ogley, Director of Social Care, Health and Housing at Central Bedfordshire Council said:

“We will work fully in partnership with Choice Support to embrace and take forward this exciting opportunity to develop Individual Service Funds in Central Bedfordshire.”

Steven Rose, Choice Support’s CEO said:

“I’m delighted to be embarking upon a new journey in partnership with Central Bedfordshire and people with learning disabilities. We have to have the courage to think and work in new ways, break down the traditional barriers between providers, commissioners and care managers and establish new relationships based on mutual trust.”

Simon Duffy added:

“Remember an ISF is a tool to create better solutions, it’s not a solution in itself.”

The Bedfordshire initiative follows a joint Choice Support/Southwark Council programme implemented between 2010 and 2014 to break down a large traditional block contract of over £6 million into 83 Individual Service Funds (ISFs) with person centred plans (PCPs). Independent research published in a report called Better Lives verified that the programme achieved savings of £1.79 million (29.75%) over the four year period, while simultaneously improving service quality.

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