It’s 3500 People
You may have noticed that since the Bubb final report was published on Monday, I’ve been playing a variation of the old game If I Ruled The World. In this instance – If I Was Bubb’s LD Commissioner.
I’ve been sharing my thoughts in this blog and on social media and am struck by two things. Firstly, the amount of criticism that has been slung my way by people on the inside. It normally takes the form of – “You are too simplistic”, “You don’t understand how difficult most of these people are”, “You don’t see the bigger picture”. Fair enough?
Secondly, and this is where I’d like to tackle the criticism, is I’m still shocked by the long list I posted yesterday of all the organisations (48) involved in the Winterbourne View Concordat. I can’t get the images out of my head of them all sitting round a very large table talking about co-production, vanguards, all the stuff that organisations get caught up in.
The reason why those 48 organisations gathered together was 3500+ human beings stuck in ATUs or in patient services. Organisations assigned to deal with 3500 individuals. Could it ever succeed? Would it work if it was 3500 individuals dealing with 3500 human beings?
Just going off track for a moment, we often hear LA & CCG Commissioners exclaim that they can’t be certain of the actual numbers. Surely there is a simple (simplistic) answer to that: “You have a legal duty of care to these people. Go and find them. Now!” But in the absence of an exact figure, let’s work with 3500 for the time being. One other thing that seems to piss off the people on the inside is when I talk about the “social care industry”. Let’s face it, all those 48 organisations have become part of the social care industry (whether they wanted to or not). 3500 people in an ATU is a horrendous statistic but it is piddling when compared to the number of people in the industry. I’m sure that I read recently that there are currently 26000 people employed in administering DoLs. That’s 7.4 people for every person in an ATU.
So, here is my latest idea if I was Bubb’s LD Commissioner:
I’d assemble a team of 3500 individuals. They could come from anywhere – Best interest assessors, AMHPs, IMCAs, CQC inspectors, Experts by experience, Learning disabled people, Family members, social workers, solicitors, housing professionals, care workers. You name them, we could have them. Each LD Ninja would be allocated one of the people currently in an ATU. 3500 Ninjas for 3500 human beings. They would then be given six months to understand the person’s needs and find them a home and set up the necessary support to live in that home. The money would follow the person from their in patient setting into their new life.
Anyone fancy being one of the 3500 Ninjas?
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