In discussions at Forum meetings many of you have told us that it would be really helpful to get a good picture of some basic direct payment practice issues across London, in both social and health care. One of our objectives is "accurately reflecting the reality of provision of Self-Direct Support" so we wanted to help.
We couldn't find this information easily available so we've asking you, people working in social and health care. We've put together a simple survey from some of the questions our members were asking. It doesn't cover everything - we wanted to keep it manageable for respondents! But it's a start. To make the most of your time completing the survey and the information we gather from it, we'll share an analysis with not only our members but also regional agencies in both health and social care - Skills for Care, London ADASS and the Healthy London Partnership.
As an independent body we want you to feel able to tell us honestly what's happening - the things that aren't working as well as the good things. We know it can be difficult to tell the whole story within your organisation or in an open meeting. We're made up of statutory, voluntary, private and independent sector members and the Forum has no allegiances. We favour only a clear and robust system of health and social care.
We have asked in which borough you are working because we want to get answers from across the whole of London. Please answer this if you feel able to - we will not link your answers to the location, or identify you in any way. It's very important to us to protect all respondents including our members.
We'd like as many people to answer our survey as possible - the more responses we get the more informative it is. Anyone working in health or social care in London can complete it and it should take only 5 minutes for most people. If you've done the survey yourself please do pass it on to people you know in neighbouring boroughs or in health care rather than social care.